Transgender Woman Wins $115,000 Settlement in Discrimination Case

Maureen McCarty

Today a Minnesota federal judge approved a settlement of $115,000 that Deluxe Financial Services, Inc. must pay to Britney Austin for discriminating against her on the basis of her gender identity in 2011.

The national check-printing company must also issue Austin a personal apology and change its policies regarding transgender employees, reported Buzzfeed.

According to Austin, she was the target of anti-transgender slurs in the workplace, was banned from the restroom that corresponded to her gender identity, was refused a name change on company records and denied severance pay and COBRA benefits after being laid off.

HRC also congratulates the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and attorney Jillian T. Weiss – who represented Austin -- on their excellent work advocating for transgender people. 

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