KFC Manager Fires Transgender Employee A Few Hours After She Was Hired

Rahul Srinivas

A manager at a KFC restaurant, located in Richmond, Virginia, has been terminated by the fast food company after it was established that he had discriminated against a transgender worker at the store. According to a report by the Courier Journal, the manager of the restaurant, who has not been named yet, had fired 27-year-old transgendered individual, Georgia Carter, just a few hours after she was hired for a job at the KFC outlet. The report says that after finding about Carter's gender identification, the manager instructed her not to report for training the following day. The manager came to know about Carter after her driver's license identified her as a male.

In an interview to WRIC TV, Carter told she was initially happy to be hired -- which was just last week. The manager had interviewed her and offered her a position that started out at $7.50 an hour.

"I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It is yours. We are going start you training on the computer tomorrow. It was like 11 to four (o clock)."
"He was like my supervisor, and I have a problem because on your license it says male but you're … I said I'm transgender."

After she was fired, a disappointed Carter talked about her experience on social media and the incident was picked up by local media. The news went on to become viral, which eventually led to KFC issuing a statement explaining their stance on the issue. Less than 72 hours since the incident, the official Twitter handle of KFC posted this.

— KFC (@kfc) March 1, 2016

The official statement issued by KFC reads as follows.

"KFC's policy is to treat everyone fairly, equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Upon learning of this allegation, the franchisee who owns this Richmond restaurant conducted an immediate and thorough investigation. The manager has been terminated for violating the franchisee's anti-discrimination policy, which is inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation. The franchisee's leadership has also had a conversation with Ms. Carter, offering her employment at this restaurant or any of their Richmond area KFC restaurants, effective immediately. Additionally, the franchisee is emphasizing sensitivity and compliance with their policies to keep this from happening again."

— KFC (@kfc) June 26, 2015

According to Business Insider, there is no federal law currently that bans workplace discrimination against transgender employees. While several states have some protections against workplace discrimination against transgender people, Virginia is not one of them.

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