Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals

This is sexual harassment, pure and simple.  Any questions should have ended with the presentation of the physician’s letter.  No normborn is ever reqiured to produce pictures of their genitals as part of the terms of employment with the porn industry being a possible exception.

Assuming this company is not engaged in the production of pornography demanding this woman produce pictures of her genitals is beyond the pale.

PinkNews.co.uk – UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13703.html

Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals

By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • August 18, 2009 – 11:05

A trans woman who claims she was asked by her employer for a photograph of her genitals has filed a lawsuit.

Kate Lynn Blatt, 28, says that Manpower Inc told her she needed to provide photographic proof of her sex to avoid issues with lockers and bathrooms.

Blatt, of Pennsylvania, US, was employed by the staffing firm as a temporary factory worker at Sapa Industrial Extrusions in 2007. She was dismissed by Sapa after a month when it was decided she was not healthy enough to do her job.

Shortly afterwards, she returned to Manpower Inc to get her job back. She alleges she was told by branch manager Irene Kudziela that she needed to provide a letter from her surgeon as proof of her gender reassignment surgery and a photograph of her genitals, which Kudziela allegedly said would iron out any issues over which facilities she should use.

Blatt told told the Philadelphia Gay News that the request was “disgusting” and that she refused to provide the documents and photograph.

She has filed a bias complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against both Manpower Inc and Sapa, arguing wrongful dismissal due to her gender identity and disability, which she said was gender dysphoria.

“I was trying to work there in a dignified and private manner, but my dignity and privacy were constantly being violated,” she said.

A Manpower Inc spokeswoman told the newspaper she could not comment on the specifics of the case but said: “The biggest thing to remember is that we’re absolutely committed to the safety and security of our workforce, including the transgender members of our workforce. We’re committed to having diversity in our workforce.”

2 Responses to “Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals”

  1. MauraHennessey Says:

    Ms. Cooke;
    On PHB there is a thread on the Blatt case including an interview that she gave on Trans-Ponder. There are serious questions about the case, particularly as to how she represented herself to her employer.

    This is not the case that anyone would want going to court if she did indeed mislead; she remains evasive about her status. She in fact has six lawsuits ongoing at this time. It is most certainly not a case the the LGBT community or the trans community ought to have as a cause celebre

    If this case goes to court, the consequences for the trans and Lesbian communities could be immeasurable, including the legitimising of a requirement of proof of gender.

    The thread is worth looking at
    dubyadubyadubya.pamshouseblend.com/diary/12582/transponder-interviews-kate-lynn-blatt-about-manpower-request-for-photo-of-genitals

  2. MauraHennessey Says:

    Ms. Cooke;
    On PHB there is a thread on the Blatt case including an interview that she gave on Trans-Ponder. There are serious questions about the case, particularly as to how she represented herself to her employer.

    This is not the case that anyone would want going to court if she did indeed mislead; she remains evasive about her status. She in fact has six lawsuits ongoing at this time. It is most certainly not a case the the LGBT community or the trans community ought to have as a cause celebre

    If this case goes to court, the consequences for the trans and Lesbian communities could be immeasurable, including the legitimising of a requirement of proof of gender.

    The thread is worth looking at


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