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Sporting Store Cabela’s Accused of Discriminating Against Transgender Employee

Workplace DiscriminationThe outdoors and sporting goods store Cabela’s has been accused of discriminating against a transgender employee.

ThinkProgress reports that a Cabela’s store in Pennsylvania would not let Kate Lynn Blatt use the women’s restroom, wear a female uniform or display her proper name on her name tag. Blatt, who was in the process of transitioning when she was hired, has been fighting Cabela’s for seven years. She worked there from September 2006 to March 2007.

Blatt told Philadelphia Gay News, ““I’m very interested in outdoor adventure sports. It could have been a dream job, if management wasn’t so transphobic.”

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that Blatt was most likely discriminated against and issued her a right-to-sue letter.

Cabela's has not responded to repeated requests to participate in HRC's Corporate Equality Index survey.

Pennsylvania does not have any explicit non-discrimination laws for LGBT employees.  HRC is working to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and, along with coalition members such as Equality Pennsylvania, a non-discrimination bill through the Pennsylvania legislature. For ENDA, many important congressional priorities are in Pennsylvania. To learn more about HRC’s work to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act visit www.hrc.org/ENDA.

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