Ashley Yang, a transgender woman and former Transportation Safety Administration security checkpoint screener, recently settled her lawsuit after she was ordered to dress like a man, to use the men's restroom, and to pat down male passengers. She was later fired by the TSA, allegedly for using the women's bathroom. As part of the settlement of her lawsuit, LAX managers began receiving sensitivity training.
According to the Transgender Law Center, which handled Ms. Yang's case, a month after hiring Ashley Yang, TSA managers informed her that she would be required to start working as a male and that failure to do so could result in disciplinary actions. They required this of Ms. Yang, despite the fact that she informed TSA that she is a transgender woman and after they hired her as a woman.
To keep her job Ms. Yang bought a short "male wig" to hide her long hair, complied with TSA's male dress code, and pretended to be a man at work. Despite her efforts, passengers continued to recognize her as a woman and subjected to her to sexual harassment. Ms. Yang was fired almost two years after being hired and just five days before the end of the standard TSA probationary period.
The Associated Press reported that sensitivity training of LAX managers has begun. The settlement required mandatory sensitivity training by 100 LAX airport managers who work with about 2500 security checkpoint personnel.
Kristina Wertz, an attorney affiliated with the Transgender Law Center, said, "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." Ms. Yang also reportedly received a large monetary award.