The employer was Credit Nation Auto Sales in Georgia. The employee in question was Jennifer Chavez (formerly Louis Chavez). Within a year of hire, Louis Chavez told Credit Nation that he intended to undergo gender reassignment. The response was initially very positive and supportive. In fact, management sent around an email reminding employees about the policy against harassment.
Thereafter, Ms. Chavez alleged that her workplace began to sour. She was counseled for discussing the details of the reassignment process, which made the other mechanics uncomfortable. Ms. Chavez was counseled for changing into her dress and high heels and then coming back into the garage, which violated garage safety rules. She bragged that she had the number for the vice president, which caused her co-workers to be resentful. The VP had to give everyone his phone number to keep everyone calm. There was also a restroom issue. The company had one gender-neutral bathroom reserved for customers and office employees. Ms. Chavez wanted to use that bathroom but was told she had to use the one for mechanics. Credit Nation consulted its attorneys and told her again that she had to use the one for mechanics. One morning Ms. Chavez came to work, got into the back of a car to warm up, and fell asleep-while on the clock. She was fired and sued.
The federal district court in Georgia granted summary judgment to the company. It found that while Ms. Chavez could legally file a transgender case, the facts of this case proved that Ms. Chavez was fired for sleeping on the job and not discrimination. Credit Nation had proof that it had fired another employee for sleeping on the job and this comparator evidence negated the discrimination issue.