Pauline Davis, Pennsylvania Woman, Claims Her Prosthetic Penis Got Her Fired From Job
A Pennsylvania woman has filed suit after her New Jersey-based employers allegedly dismissed her for wearing a prosthetic penis to work.
The Philadelphia Daily News cites a federal civil rights complaint filed by Pauline Davis Wednesday, which says she wore the device to the J&J Snack Foods plant in Moosic, Lackawanna County as she was contemplating sex reassignment surgery. Davis, who was employed as a packer/line inspector, eventually confided in several co-workers about her situation. One employee eventually alerted management, according to the complaint, and Davis was subsequently fired.
The 45-year-old Davis is now seeking back pay, damages for suffering and humiliation, and punitive damages. Davis's attorney, Lalena J. Turchi, told the Daily News that the fake penis was heavily concealed and "in no way interfered with her ability to do her job."
Futhermore, as MSNBC noted, Davis also claims a male employee who was undergoing hormone treatments and wore female clothing to the workplace was treated more favorably. "[Ms. Davis] was subjected to disparate and discriminatory treatment for being a female, and for being a female who identified with the male gender," the lawsuit states, according to The Times-Tribune.
Spokespeople for J&J Snack Foods have thus far offered no comment on the case, and there is no indication in any of the reports that Davis ever completed or furthered the gender-reassignment surgery.
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Gay Music Teacher Fired After Revealing Plans To Marry Partner
A Missouri-based gay music teacher at an area Catholic school was recently dismissed from his job after authorities learned of his plans to wed his male partner of 20 years in New York. Al Fischer was reportedly fired Feb. 17, 2012 from St. Ann Catholic School in north St. Louis County, where he'd worked for four years. Fischer did not comment directly about his dismissal, but instead referred to an email sent to his students' parents after he was terminated. "A family conversation about whether or not justice was served here could be a great thing," he wrote. "I do not want the lesson from this for the kids to be, 'Keep your mouth shut, hide who you are or what you think if it will get you in trouble.'" Fischer's partner, Charlie Robin, told the paper that the couple's relationship was not a secret at the school, and that Fischer was only fired after a representative of the St. Louis Archdiocese overheard him talking to co-workers about his wedding plans. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/al-fischer-gay-music-teacher-fired_n_1311324.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
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