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

Posted on 07 Dec 2009 at 1:01pm

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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