Transgendered Biologically Male Employee Sues Hobby Lobby Because He Was Not Allowed to Use Women’s Restroom

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A transgender Hobby Lobby employee recently filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) citing discrimination in use of the gender-specific employee bathrooms.

Meggan Sommerville is a biological male who identifies as a female, and wants to use the women’s restroom at work. Her employer requires that she use the men’s restroom until completing sex reassignment surgery.

Sommerville has worked at the Christian-owned arts and crafts chain since 1998, when she identified as a male. She began transitioning in 2009, and said that Hobby Lobby accommodated her new identity. Her name was changed in their records, and her health insurance through the employer helped pay for hormone therapy and other treatments.

When Sommerville tried to use the female’s restroom at the Aurora location, however, she was denied.

“I was devastated,” Sommerville told the Huffington Post. “I just want to be treated like all the other women. To do anything else diminishes who I am in the eyes of customers and employees.”

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Brownie Marie

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