According to a reports, a recent lawsuit may have been the first of its kind in the Illinois legal system.
The suit was filed by a transgender woman who claims her former employer discriminated against her because of her situation. In her suit, the woman alleges the owner of the taxi company commonly called her derogatory terms, failed to help her when her car broke down during a shift and made her pay for repairs to her taxi when other employees were not required to do so.
In addition, the suit claims the owner threatened to fire the plaintiff, stating that she was driving customers away because of her situation.
The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, claiming the taxi company was in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act, and ordered it to pay the former worker $104,711.
The plaintiff's attorney claims the case involves the first award in favor of a transgender person by the commission.
The case highlights the importance of businesses avoiding any potentially discriminatory actions that may be in violation of state or federal laws. Similar professional liability lawsuits may arise if companies fail to do so.