Saks Fifth Avenue: ‘We Reserve The Right To Fire Trans People’ Like Leyth O. Jamal

Zachary Volkert - Author

Jan. 10 2015, Updated 10:51 a.m. ET

As transgender issues move deeper and deeper into mainstream America’s attention, there is still fierce debate about the status of the minority in discrimination laws. That’s because some companies are pushing back against transgender rights with lawsuits intended to solidify their own right as employers to turn away transgender people as employees.

One such lawsuit has come from a somewhat surprising place: luxury retailer and LGBT advocate Saks Fifth Avenue. The company has filed against a discrimination lawsuit brought forward by former employee Leyth O. Jamal, who claims she was fired for expressing her transgender identity at work.

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