Plaintiff Wins Round in Transgender Case

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April 9, 2008


"She says she didn't get the job because she was born male.

"The company says it wasn't that, claiming she misrepresented herself.

"In a letter rescinding the job, the employer complained she presented herself as a woman at her interview, but the background check revealed she was a man.

"...Last week, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, in a 31-page opinion, refused to dismiss the case of 27-year-old Izza Lopez. Born Raul Jr., Lopez claims the Houston radiology chain River Oaks Imaging and Diagnostic wrongfully pulled its 2005 offer to employ her as an appointment scheduler.

"...Lambda Legal lawyer Cole Thaler of Atlanta, who handles transgender cases for the group and is working on Lopez's, said the judge's opinion 'affirms that transgender people are not being deceptive by being themselves.'"