John M. Becker

Stern: Saks Shows Feeble Commitment to Trans People

Filed By John M. Becker | January 14, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-trans discrimination, CEI, Corporate Equality Index, Mark Joseph Stern, Saks Fifth Avenue, Title VII, workplace protections

"Until now, Saks could have claimed--however dubiously--that its motions against Jamal did not represent the views of the company's leadership, and apologized for the debacle. Instead, Saks has stood its ground, refusing to rescind even its insistence that Jamal's identification as a woman is a fiction.

"In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, the company said it 'maintains a long history of policies and practices that are fully supportive of the LGBT community and our LGBT Associates.' Those are pretty words to put in a PR campaign. But when the chips are down, it's painfully clear that Saks doesn't mind demeaning the entire trans community if it saves them a little money."

-- Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern, taking luxury retailer Saks to task over transphobia in the company's legal filings in a pending sex discrimination lawsuit. Read Stern's full piece here.

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