Florida McDonald's fires anti-trans manager

As reported in this earlier post on Instant Tea, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund on Monday filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Rights on behalf of 17-year-old trans woman Zikerria Bellamy after she was denied a job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Orlando because she is transgender.

One of the restaurant’s managers even called and left a message on Bellamy’s voice mail, telling her she would never get a job there because “We do not hire faggots.”

Well, apparently the restaurant doesn’t hire bigots, either. 365 Gay today reported that the manager who left the message has been fired.

A spokeswoman for the restaurant told the Orlando Sentinel that the employee had “acted outside the scope of his authority and was not responsible,” adding “[McDonald’s] has a zero tolerance policy prohibiting discrimination or harassment in the restaurant.”

There was no word on what action if any had been taken against a second manager who had also refused to hire Bellamy because of her trans status.

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TLDEF files complaint against McDonald's for refusing to hire trans woman

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint today with the Florida Commission on Human Relations against a McDonald’s restaurant in Orlando, Fla., after the restaurant’s manager reportedly refused to hire Zikerria Bellamy because she is transgender.

TLDEF says Bellamy, who is 17, applied online for a job with the restaurant on July 10. Then on July 28, after the restaurant managers found out she is transgendered, she got a voice mail message in which one of the managers declared she would never be hired there because “We do not hire faggots.”

Bellamy said: “I just wanted to earn to some money and was willing to work hard at this job.  In the current economy, jobs are really hard to find.  I never expected to be judged on who I am, instead of being judged on whether I can do the job.”

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