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Loehmann's Settlement: Proper Fitting Rooms For TG's

From the New York Blade’s Loehmann’s Transgender Shoppers Can Use Proper Fitting Rooms (Friday, February 16, 2007):

Discount clothing chain Loehmann’s reached an agreement this week with Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) that results in the store allowing shoppers to use fitting rooms, restroom and other store facilities that are consistent with their gender identity or gender expression. Loehmann’s also agreed to add “gender identity and gender expression” to its corporate non-discrimination policy.

On April 30, 2006, TLDEF filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Jane Galla, a transgendered customer who was denied access to facilities at the chain’s Seventh Avenue store.

“I’m very happy that Loehmann’s has taken appropriate steps to ensure that transgender shoppers are treated with the same respect and dignity as everyone else,” Galla said. “Like all New Yorkers, I appreciate a good bargain, but the price is too high if I have to endure discrimination when I go shopping.”

(Previous article describing Loehmann’s behavior towards Jane Galla: wcbstv.com – NY,USA)

My comment: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAA! And the settlement only took a month to make … We can only hope that it wasn’t just because Loehmann’s thought it had a “loser” case that it settled, but because Loehmann’s understood treating transgender customers with respect was the morally right thing to do.  *Dancing*

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