Monday a jury out of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled in favor of Rachel Tudor, a transgender woman who faced discrimination in her job as professor at a university. The case marks one of the first times in the U.S. that a jury has considered a case of anti-transgender employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.
Tudor filed her suit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2015, stating that she was denied a promotion for a tenured position of associate professor because she is a transgender woman. She was subsequently barred her from reapplying for tenure and promotion during the next cycle, and faced retaliation because she complained about the discrimination she faced.
“Today’s news is a tremendous victory for Rachel and the many transgender people across America who face discrimination at work,” said Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans. “Across the country, courts are increasingly reaching the conclusion that sex and gender stereotyping is a form of sex discrimination and therefore illegal under Title VII. Employees should be judged solely on their work ethnic and performance — no one should fear being treated differently in the workplace because of who they are. We applaud Rachel’s bravery for coming forward and we hope others who face discrimination are similarly brought to justice.”
The case, Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was brought forward by private attorneys Ezra Young, Brittany M. Novotny, and Marie Eisela Galindo.