Amazon Sued by Couple for ‘Cruel and Persistent Anti-Transgender Discrimination’

Amazon Sued by Couple for ‘Cruel and Persistent Anti-Transgender Discrimination’

A couple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon for transgender discrimination after they allege, they were subjected to extreme acts of harassment and violence. Together with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Allegra Schawe-Lane and Dane Lane claim that the discrimination took place between October 2014 and October 2015 at the Hebron, Kentucky shipping facility.

The abuse began after workers found out that Allegra Schawe-Lane was transgender. Name calling, taunts, sexual harassment, and threats were an everyday occurrence, but the most violent of acts, they allege, is the cutting of their brakes on their drive home.

According to the plaintiffs, they contacted human resources multiple times, but nothing was done.

“My husband Dane and I were devoted to our jobs. In return, we were treated atrociously by our co-workers and our bosses, simply because I am a woman,” Allegra said in a statement issued by the TLDEF.  “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.”

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.’


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