According to the complaint, the child went home from the center on Friday as a girl, and came back on Monday with a short haircut and a boy’s name. The employee refused to address the child as a male.
The center said it terminated the woman for what it called “a variety of issues.”
The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 3, 2015, the day voters in nearby Houston rejected the HERO Act, which would have granted protections to transgender Houstonians. Children’s Lighthouse has alleged the lawsuit filing was motivated by a political agenda.
Note: Thoroughly document the reasons for any firing. When an employee belongs to one or more protected classes, documentation is particularly important.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- OK to fire and then investigate—But be consistent
- Look at job duties, not signed pact, to decide employee/contractor status
- Lawsuit-proof your firing decisions: Have those who hire or promote also do the firing
- Frequent firings may indicate personality conflicts, not bias