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Transgender N.J. man sues over firing from job requiring men only | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/11/2011

April 11, 2011

 

El'Jai Devoureau

 

 

So let me get this correct.  El’Jai was born a woman, is now a post-operative transexual, has bits and everything, and has  a legal birth certificate saying he’s a man.  And New Jersey doesn’t accept that because why? He was biologically born a woman?  It’s like saying Dolly Parton doesn’t have tits!

A transgender employee hired to oversee urine tests administered to men has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Camden drug treatment center that fired him after it confronted him about his gender last summer.

El’Jai Devoureau, 39, said Urban Treatment Associates questioned him about his gender a day after he started working in the position, which had been open only to male candidates.

“Is El’Jai a male? The employer says no, and El’Jai says he is,” said Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York, which filed the lawsuit Friday. “He’s undergone hormone treatment and surgery.”

The case challenges an employer’s right to eliminate transgender candidates for positions that the law says may be gender-specific. Silverman said he was unaware of any previous transgender-discrimination case that addressed the issue.

When his employer asked about his gender after he began work, Devoureau responded, “I am a man, and I can do the job. They said, ‘You’re fired,’ ” he said during an interview Monday.

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