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Applebee’s franchisee sued in transgender harassment case

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The EEOC has filed suit against Apple Metro, the franchise holder of an Applebee’s restaurant in Hawthorne, New York, claiming it fired a transgender employee after she complained of co-worker harassment.

The employee was transitioning from male to female. She complained that co-workers continued to call her by her male name even after she asked them not to. According to the complaint, shortly after she raised the issue with her employer, she was terminated.

She filed a complaint with the EEOC, which attempted to resolve the dispute through its conciliation process. When those efforts failed, the EEOC sued on her behalf. Barring a settlement, the case will go to trial.

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