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McCreery v. Don’s Valley Market

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Status: Closed
Outcome:
Victory
Issues: Employment and Rights in the Workplace, Transgender Rights

Transgender employment discrimination case in which a transgender woman was fired after she told her boss she would be transitioning.

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Cori McCreery, 29, was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota and worked as a store clerk for the owner of Don’s Valley Market, a local grocery chain, on and off for a total of five years at two separate businesses. Supported by family and friends, McCreery notified her employer that she would be transitioning while at work. After initial assurance about her job security, she was swiftly fired, the owner saying that she was "making other employees uncomfortable" and that he had a "$7 million investment to protect." After McCreery’s call to Lambda Legal’s Help Desk, Lambda Legal filed a complaint in March 2012 on her behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that her termination constitutes illegal sex-based discrimination under Title VII, the section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in the workplace.