New York’s attorney general is investigating how Sak’s Fifth Avenue treats its transgender employees. This investigation comes as a result of a former employee’s lawsuit against Sak’s claiming that she was harassed and fired over her transgender identity.
The lawsuit triggering this investigation is in Houston, Texas. Leyth Jamal alleged that managers referred to her as a man and directed her to use the men’s restroom. She was also pressured to dress in a more masculine manner even though the management was aware of her transgender status. Sak’s fired Ms. Jamal shortly after she filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. Apparently, Sak’s response to the lawsuit has been to assert that transgender discrimination was not protected under federal law.
The attorney general has asked for documents reflecting all anti-discrimination policies for Sak’s New York employees. He is also seeking details on the process for employees to file harassment or discrimination complains as well as the training materials used to educate employees on preventing workplace harassment. The attorney general’s letter further asserted that the Justice Department and EEOC protect transgender employees from harassment and discrimination.