The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is filing a lawsuit against conglomerate Amazon for ‘cruel and persistent anti-transgender discrimination’. The plaintiffs are Allegra Schawe-Lane and Dane Lane, a married couple who worked at the company’s Hebron, Kentucky shipping facility.
After learning Schawe-Lane, the couple faced a year of bigotry, sexual harassment, and threats from October 2014 to October 2015.
In one instance, while driving home from Amazon, they discovered problemswith their brakes. A mechanic told them they had been intentionally cut. This could have caused them severe injury or death.
‘The trauma we withstood still impacts us negatively today, creating serious health problems and leaving us with no money to pay for the doctors we desperately need,’ said Schawe-Lane in a CrowdJustice campaign.
Her husband added: ‘My wife Allegra and I could never have imagined the pain and heartache we would experience at Amazon. The abuse inflicted on us was unimaginable and we are still suffering from the detrimental effects.’
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found evidence to support these claims. This comes soon after the EEOC found Sam’s Club discriminated against a transgender woman in Florida.
‘We continue to pay a huge price for Amazon allowing bigotry to go unchecked’
The couple also suffered vicious slurs and threats, pornography, and sexual propositions. When they complained, they were met with retaliation and told they could not make complaints in writing.
‘All Americans deserve an equal chance to work hard and earn a living for themselves and their families, without fear of being targeted for being themselves,’ said Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Executive Director, Jillian Weiss.
She also brought up the company’s award-winning series Transparent: ‘While we in no way connect this case to the program and its talented writers, actors and producers, we do call on Amazon to examine the disconnect between the message of its hit show Transparent and the discrimination perpetrated against Allegra and Dane.’
‘We both have a host of physical and mental difficulties including serious anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We continue to pay a huge price for Amazon allowing bigotry to go unchecked,’ Lane finished.
Amazon did not return Gay Star News’ request for comment.