Profitable gig, this twanz thing

Yet another ‘poor widdle twanzwoman’ (with penis) walks away with a tidy little settlement against former employers. I really need a new category, called “fuckin outrageous cheek”.

So here is the story from the Daily Mail last week:

Transgender training for TSA staff after agent ‘fired for using women’s toilet’ wins payout

  • Ashley Yang fired from job at Los Angeles Airport
  • She claims she was ordered to dress like a man
  • Civil rights settlement wins her five-figure payout

A transgender TSA agent fired from her job at an airport for using the women’s toilet has received a five-figure pay-out from the agency.

Ashley Yang was fired from her job at Los Angeles International Airport after allegedly being ordered to dress like a man and pat down men.

She had informed human resources that a background check would reveal she was born male and had not undergone sex reassignment surgery.

‘I feel female – I don’t think anyone considers me male,’ Ms Yang told In The Life.

‘The hormones have given me a very female kind of look. It was obvious people perceived me as female because that’s who I am.’

Ms Yang has received back pay in addition to a five-figure award for pain and suffering as part of a civil rights settlement.

‘They told me the only way to work at checkpoints for females was I had to go through a complete transition,’ she told In The Life.

‘I’m like: “How do you define a complete transition”?’

In addition to compensation, her settlement requires TSA managers based at the California airport to have transgender sensitivity training.

A TSA spokesman said he cannot discuss details of her case because of privacy rules, but the manager training started this summer.

Ms Yang says she now wants to use her story and lawsuit as a ‘leverage’ to help other transgender people in the future.

Mara Keisling, of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told In The Life that the employment situation for many trans people is ‘catastrophic’.

‘We have an unemployment rate that’s twice the national average.

‘When there’s a recession and there are lay-offs the people who are most marginalised already in the workplace are the ones most likely to face additional scrutiny.’

Yep. There we have it. A transgender, by his own words, born male, has not had any SRS (still packing penis, my Tackle Status page is so happy), insists that he should be patting down FAB passengers at the security checkpoints at LAX. TSA are the organisation responsible for running the security at US airports.

TSA were doing the right thing for sex segregation, protecting the privacy/modesty of FAB passengers going through airport security checks. The article tries to make out it was primarily a bathroom issue, but reading between the lines, the M2T sounds like an arrogant shit that insisted he should be patting down the female passengers “because he looked female”.

My twanzphobic US legal friends might want to keep this case on file, it is a clear case of ‘gender identity’ over riding sex segregation laws.

Chances are that the TSA possibly offered him another backoffice role, but he was adament that he must be upfront, groping FABs, and to use the FAB toilets. Maintaining that his *sacred* internal gender identitah must be indulged at all times, by everybody.

“We have an unemployment rate that’s twice the national average.”

Yep. And if you selfish, greedy little M2Ts carry on suing everybody, you can expect your unemployment rate to go even higher. If I was an employer, I wouldn’t touch one of you speshul widdle snowflakes with a barge pole, precisely because of your self-centredness and propensity to sue at the drop of a hat. Enjoy the dole queue laydees, it will give you more time to dress-up girly.

ETA:

This additional story from MSN/NBC:

TSA at LAX get transgender training

The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that its managers at Los Angeles International Airport are undergoing mandatory sensitivity training after a transgender employee alleged she was ordered to dress like a man, pat down male passengers and use the men’s restroom.

Ashley Yang, 29, who spent two years as a security checkpoint screener at LAX, was fired last summer after co-workers observed her using the women’s room, according to a copy of her termination letter obtained by The Associated Press. She contested the firing, resulting in a settlement that mandated the training.

“Ashley lives her life as a woman. Her co-workers recognized her as a woman. Passengers recognized her as a woman. But her employer didn’t,” said attorney Kristina Wertz of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center, which helped her file a civil rights complaint. “She was asked to hide who she was just in order to earn a living.”

The settlement, reached in December and completed last month, also called for Yang to receive five months of back pay and a five-figure award for pain and suffering.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said he could not discuss details of the case because of privacy rules. But he confirmed that the required training of managers started this summer and was ongoing.

“It’s part of the world we live in today,” he said. “We need to be aware of transgender issues not only for our co-workers, but for passengers.” LAX, with a staff of 2,500 security officers, has as many as 100 managers, according to Melendez.

Yang started living as a woman and taking hormones to feminize her appearance in 2006, two years before she applied to work for TSA. Her interviewer never doubted that the delicately featured candidate with artfully applied makeup and finely arched eyebrows was a woman, she said. Her California driver’s license identifies her as female.

She informed the agency she was transgender before a background check revealed the name she used when she was a man. The agency reminded her that agents had to be the same gender as the passengers they search and asked whether she had gone through sex reassignment surgery, which she had not.

When she showed up for training, Yang was told that according to TSA regulations she would have to pat down men and was offered a position working with baggage. She insisted that part of the job’s appeal was working with people.

She was then told she would have to cut her long, highlighted hair, follow the dress code for male agents and use the men’s bathroom, she said. She obtained permission to wear a wig instead, but was told to buy one with “a more male look.”

Yang said she settled on a short Afro, but passengers and co-workers weren’t convinced. Because of her feminine appearance, she sometimes received inappropriate comments from men who were surprised to find a woman frisking them, Yang claimed.

She said men made comments like, “I haven’t had a girl touch me for a long time,” or, “Does this mean you are going to buy me dinner?”

Agents who did not know she was transgender would call her over to search women. After management became concerned that hair length requirements would violate the rights of some religions adherents, she was allowed to wear her hair in a bun.

“When you get a job, you are like, ‘I’ll follow the rules for now.’ It’s a job you don’t know too much about, and you don’t want to push,” she said. “When they said ‘same-sex pat-down,’ I didn’t know that would affect how i would be treated because I didn’t apply for the job as a guy…. People would see my face and know I was a woman.”

Yang said she was not trying to be impertinent about the bathroom issue. She said she informed her managers that since California law prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and includes employment protections for transgender workers, she understood that using the women’s room was her right.

A TSA screening director said her behavior constituted a failure “to comply with the instructions given to you by management.” Her supervisors told her they would research the issue, but did not change their position. She was fired.

Melendez said he did not know if the TSA would require managers at other airports to get transgender sensitivity training or clarify that transgender job applicants do not need to have undergone surgery in order to work in jobs that reflect their new genders.

But passengers are not subject to surgery requirements at the airport, he said

“When passengers come to the checkpoint, we have to screen the passengers based on how they present themselves. If they present themselves as male, they are screened by a man. If they present themselves as female, they are screened by a woman,” he said.

The awkward dance between TSA and Yang reflects an expanding and unsettled frontier in employment and civil rights law, said Michael Silverman, executive director of the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.

While many states do not require surgery as a condition for changing gender on a driver’s license, virtually all do not allow transgender people to obtain new birth certificates unless they have undergone certain medical procedures.

The latter practice was challenged for the first time by Silverman’s group, which sued New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in March.

At the federal level, the landscape is just as uneven, according to Silverman.

The U.S. Department of State this year changed its passport rules to delete the surgery threshold. Transgender applicants need only present a doctor’s letter stating they have undergone a gender transition, which may have included psychological counseling and hormones. Surgery still is required to change gender designations on Social Security Administration records.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management issued guidance to federal agencies stating that “dress codes should not be used to prevent a transgender employee from living full-time in the role consistent with his or her gender identity.” Transgender workers do not need to provide proof of surgery to use restrooms that match the gender with which they identify, it said.

“The notion that every transgender person needs or wants surgery in order to fully transition is simply incorrect,” Silverman said.

“Different people require different levels of surgical intervention and different types of surgical intervention. There is no one size fits all of what is going to be prescribed, and it should be very clear that for some people, it’s going to be no surgery at all,” he said.

5 thoughts on “Profitable gig, this twanz thing

  1. Sargasso Sea

    If I was an employer, I wouldn’t touch one of you speshul widdle snowflakes with a barge pole, precisely because of your self-centredness and propensity to sue at the drop of a hat.

    Funny, isn’t that what MRAs used to say about females if they were to be given any “rights” in the workplace? Wonder why they don’t complain about this sort of *woman* using the laws that were hard won by feminists and anti-racists to proxy their way into five-figure discrimination settlements?

    When I tried to find a workplace discrimination attorney to take my Wrongful Termination case (“constructively terminated” due to my daring to call them on their practice of wage discrimination based on sex) there was one. big. void. Nobody was going to touch THAT with the ‘ol barge pole because they knew they wouldn’t win because I am a biological female. It’s simple math people; how could I have been so foolish as to think I had any “rights” in the first place?! 😐

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  2. KatieS

    Holy moly! I never thought about the TSA agents. Really, it’s time for a class action suit by women against the airlines. I want gene testing done and certified before anyone pats me down. It’s disgusting that someone with a penis could pat me down, or pat down a teenage girl, or a younger girl, even.

    It appears that pedophiles are now starting to play the identity card, too. I guess these will be prime jobs for them, and they’ll sue if anyone questions that, too. I’m actually being serious, following this to its logical conclusion, since there is a move to have pedophiles declared as an identity relating to the DSM-5 from what I read on another blog.

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  3. enadai

    He thinks he looks like a woman? Completely delusional. Amazing how men’s standards for feminine beauty crash when it’s about males minstrelizing women:. “Oh Anthony, I love to put my head on your shoulders, also my tool kit and my Honda.”

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  4. Extremist Watch

    Sargasso Sea: It’s harder for women to sue over sex discrimination because employers now hide their sexism better than they hide transphobia. How often does an employer outright say, “I’m firing you because you have a vagina,” let alone provided proof of it? Employers still think they have the political support(read mob rule) to get away with transmisogyny.

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  5. DaveSquirrel Post author

    The ONS (Office of National Statistics) figures bear out that during this recession, females have been targeted in higher numbers for redundancy, and males are primarily the ones getting back to work. I will have to try to find the new link to the page of stats, it seems the ONS has moved the standard page.

    No one in the government is worrying or doing anything about the sex disparity in unemployment figures, no department, not the JobCentre, nobody.

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