From CBS Atlanta: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/28010582/detail.html
Department Of Labor Says To Repay Money
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Labor is facing accusations of discrimination from a transsexual who said she was fired when she decided to start dressing like a woman.
Georgia is one of 37 states that has no laws protecting transgender people from discrimination.
The Department of Labor originally said Jennifer Chavez was wrongfully terminated from Credit Nation for a minor offense in the middle of her sex change. But the department then yanked her unemployment benefits and is demanding she repay $5000.
Jennifer Chavez was born ______. For 51 years, she said, she hid her true identity, masked behind clothes, and the exterior of a man.
“This is a costume. This is a mask, a lot like Halloween,” she said, showing men’s clothing in her closet.
Chavez started working at Credit Nation in Austell in 2008 as a master automotive repair technician. At the time, she was clothed as a man.
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The details are important and demonstrate the limits of non-discrimination laws, which wouldn’t have protected her in Georgia or any other state with “At Will” employment laws. If they want to get rid of yopu they will find an excuse.
I don’t have an easy answer. Workers need far more rights and they need unions, strong unions that have legal muscle and can even the fight out with companies and their legal teams.
What the state is doing with her unemployment is so unconscionable and should be more than enough reason to never ever vote for any Republican douche.