Walmart Settles Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit
By Mila Madison
The Plaintiff in the case, Charlene Bost, and Walmart did not disclose the terms of Wednesday’s settlement as the filed to dismiss the case in a federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina. Despite the settlement, Walmart is not admitting to any wrongdoing.
Randy Hargrove, a spokesperson for the company, said that Walmart does not tolerate discrimination. “While we have strong anti-discrimination policies, we are glad we could resolve this matter with Ms. Bost,” Hargrove told Reuters.
Bost, was an employee at Walmart’s subsidiary Sam’s Club in Kannapolis, North Carolina. She claimed she was harassed and ultimately fired from her position as a cashier after she began transitioning. Soon after she had transitioned, co-workers and supervisors began discriminating against her for being transgender. She also claimed she was repeatedly subjected to a barrage of hostilities on the job, which included being wrongfully disciplined and repeatedly misgendered.
She began working at Sam’s Club in 2004 and began presenting as herself in 2008. Bost was fired in March 2015 in retaliation for complaining to Supervisors about her harassment. She accused Walmart of violating title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, who represented Bost in the case, said that she was pleased that a settlement was reached.
The case filed by Bost was one of the main contributing factors in Walmart having their perfect 100% rating on the HRC Corporate Equality Index suspended in November 2017. A second lawsuit was also filed against Walmart in August 2017 by Jessica Shyne Robison, transgender woman who was harassed, retaliated against, and denied medical coverage by the retail giant. Robinson won her case before the EEOC against Walmart for discrimination at a Florida Sam’s Club where she had worked.