Illinois governor JB Pritzker’s campaign sued for trans discrimination
A transgender woman has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the campaign of Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker.
Emma Todd worked as a field organiser for the JB for Governor Campaign in the run-up to the November 2018 gubernatorial election, but was dismissed in March 2018.
On January 18, she filed a federal lawsuit against Pritzker’s campaign, alleging she was dismissed on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In a release, Todd’s attorneys allege that she came under heightened scrutiny after she was assigned a new supervisor in February of 2018.
Employee claims JB Pritzker campaign supervisor sacked her for being trans
Her co-workers allegedly witnessed the supervisor “making comments indicating that she viewed transgender identity in a prurient manner”, with the supervisor alleged to have described Todd as “the reason people don’t like transgender people.”
The former co-workers “have indicated they believe Ms. Todd was terminated because of her sex and gender,” the suit claims.
Emma Todd said: “I worked hard on this campaign and loved my job.
“I was blindsided by my termination. I wholeheartedly supported and voted for Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton to end [former Governor] Bruce Rauner’s heartless administration.
“JB and Juliana will bring economic stability after more than two years without a state budget under Rauner. They will also protect services for underserved communities that Rauner has hurt.”
She added: “This lawsuit does not change my support for these highly qualified people.
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