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Employee claims bias after transgender dispute

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A woman fired from a Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center franchise in Katy, Texas, is suing her former employer after refusing to address a transgender child as a male. She claims she was targeted because she is a black, Christian woman over age 40.

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.

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