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Employment Study Questions J.Crew's Hiring Practices--Discrimination Against Transgender Applicants

March 15, 2010

In recent national news that our Carson, California Labor and Employment Lawyers have been following, members of the nonprofit group "Make the Road New York," a group that combats national origin discrimination within the administration of New York City public schools and government agencies, held a rally and news conference in front of the Fifth Avenue J. Crew retail store to protest against alleged discrimination against job applicants who are transgender.

Researchers reportedly investigated the hiring practices of over twenty Manhattan retailers in the report entitled, "Transgender Need Not Apply: a Report on Gender Identity Job Discrimination," and found J.Crew to be in violation of the Human Rights Law of New York City.

According to the San Diego San and Lesbian News, the employment survey followed transgender and non-transgender applicants with equal qualifications, work experience, race and age, and found that 42 percent of job applicants who are transgender experience discrimination, a figure that is reportedly high compared to the statistics that were documented for other populations, including the elderly or African-Americans.

Irene Tung of "Make The Road New York" claimed that J.Crew is being focused on because they allegedly acted with a pattern of discrimination against the transgender applicants. "Make the Road New York" has filed a complaint with the New York State Attorney Generals' Office and claims that J.Crew violated New York City's human rights law.

The other companies that were named in the study for hiring at least one non-transgender applicant over a transgender applicant included Nine West, Kenneth Cole, Brookstone, and DSW. Virgin Megastore was the only store that reportedly hired a transgender applicant over an applicant who was not transgender. In the study, 49 percent of the transgender workers who were interviewed claimed not to have received a job offer since they have made the decision to openly be a transgender worker.

Protesters from the group are calling on J.Crew to adopt policies against discrimination and include the new policies on all job listings and applications. They also are asking J.Crew to train employees about the policies and practices dealing with non-discrimination to ensure that transgender and workers are free from employment harassment.

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J.Crew Accused of Discrimination Against Transgender Job Applicants, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, March 14, 2010

'Transgender People Need Not Apply' at J.Crew Says Make the Road New York Advocacy Group, New York Daily News, March 14, 2010

Transgender Need Not Apply at J.Crew, Gothamist, March 14, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Make the Road New York

Office of the Attorney General, State of New York