Seattle, WA asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: I believe I've been the victim of workplace discrimination and wrongful termination of employment

I am transgender, and stated that I am transitioning and would like to use my preferred name. They said they couldn't because their system would mess up when clocking in, despite using a numerical entry clock in. Furthermore, I was terminated the next day on the basis of I stated that I hoped I could last 6 months because I couldn't afford to pay back the training they would pay for if I worked there for 6 months. They also stated that I was "sitting down too much", when there was nothing to do I would take 30 seconds and rest my joints, as I have arthritis. In their contract, it stated they would reasonably accommodate any disability.

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Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer

A: It sounds like you may have a claim for discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII. Additionally, if your employer was aware of your arthritis and your request for an accommodation, and failed to offer you a reasonable accommodation for your condition, you may have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional details are necessary to analyze whether you have a claim. You should consult an employment lawyer in your area to discuss.

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