Hamed Khan – a transgender employee formerly working at Midway Airport’s food service company is now suing his former employer for wrongful termination and employment discrimination.
Khan started working at Harry Caray’s Seventh Inning Stretch from 2002. During that time, Khan was not yet a transgender but over the years, Khan’s looks became more feminine.
According to Khan, during his employment at the said company, he experienced a great deal of discrimination and mocking from his former co – workers but his supervisor as well as the company’s management just disregarded Khans’ complaints.
One time, Khan’s supervisor sent him home for uniform issues saying that his pants were too tight and too feminine.
He further stated that there was also a time when his colleagues called him “faggot”, “lazy faggot bitch” and other unpleasant names but his supervisors remained unmindful of the discrimination.
Allegedly, he was fired by his supervisors for breaking the company’s policy due to entering the restaurant’s bar area without permission. However, according to Khan, employees are given permission to enter the said area that day to use a computer in printing the costumer’s checks.
Perhaps Khan had enough. After the Illinois Department of Human Rights issued a statement of “solid evidence” to Khan’s four claims, he then filed a wrongful termination and employment discrimination lawsuit.
In his lawsuit, Khan is seeking for an addition of $200,000 for damages an employment lawyer fee as well as lost wages.
Ironically, In Khans’s attempt of filing for unemployment, the company claimed that he is already terminated. But when Khan filed for a wrongful termination lawsuit, the company claimed that he quit the job.
Though the employer has all the rights to fire an employee, still it must be on a legal basis. Apparently, he was fired for being a transgender, which he found unlawful. Therefore, he deserves the right to file for a wrongful termination claim.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Posted by LA Lawyers Journal at 2:31 PM