Sex Discrimination/Stereotyping Lawsuit
A NY woman is turning to the civil justice system to fight against discrimination she faced for not looking the way other people want/expected her to look. She is suing a West Village restaurant for throwing her out of the women’s restroom, and then out of the restaurant, for not looking like a woman according to societal norms/stereotypes.
A bouncer responding to complaints that a man had entered the bathroom came into the women's room and knocked on the stall, ordering her to leave, Khadijah Farmer says. She told the New York Times that she experiences this mistake on a routine basis, and offered to show the bouncer her identification, which clearly lists her as female. But the bouncer simply told her that her identification was "neither here nor there" and forced her to leave, demanding that her party pay for their order and exit the restaurant.
She is suing the restaurant for sex discrimination based on gender stereotyping. New York city law protects people from this type of harassment, but her lawsuit will explore the extent to which state law protects people as well. New York City human rights law prohibits discrimination against city residents whose gender expression is different from their sex at birth. The state’s civil rights law does not include this protection, but the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund which represents Ms. Farmer argues that "state law should be interpreted as protecting New Yorkers against sexual stereotyping, in which people are expected to conform to gender-appropriate behavior," according to the New York Times.
One of the most fundamental things the law is supposed to do is to protect us from discrimination. This is a key case to follow as it may carve out and clarify an important area of anti-discrimination law and gender accomodation. We'll definitely stay updated on this.