In the battle of the acronyms, LGBT: 1, TSA: 0
This transgendered former airport screener considers herself a woman, she has long, highlighted hair and pops hormones to look like a lady.
Yet Ashley Yang was ordered by her former bosses at the Transportation Security Administration to pat down male passengers, pin her locks in a bun, dress like a man and use the men’s restroom. When she objected, she was fired, according to a termination letter.
“Ashley lives her life as a woman. Her co-workers recognized her as a woman. Passengers recognized her as a woman.
“But her employers didn’t,” said Kristina Wertz, an attorney for the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, which helped Yang file a civil rights complaint following her dismissal.
Now the TSA is doing some serious back-pedaling on the formerly intransigent stance it took on Yang’s gender identity.
All TSA managers at Los Angeles International Airport, where Yang once worked, must undergo mandatory sensitivity training, officials said.
Yang has scored a five months backed pay and a five-figure settlement with the agency for pain and suffering after the ordeal.
TSA, in an attempt to cover their a$$ made this statement:
“It’s part of the world we live in today,” said Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesperson. “We need to be aware of transgender issues not only for our co-workers, but for passengers.”
Whether you personally agree with transgender lifestyles or not, as someone running a business why would you put yourself in a situation where you know you can be sued for infringing on someone’s rights?
Do you think that TSA was right to treat Ashley as a man or should they have recognized