A suit was filed
in a federal court in Texas after a new hire at a
medical imaging company saw her employment offer
withdrawn because she did not tell the company she was
transgender. Izza Lopez, 26, of Houston, will be
represented by Lambda Legal in a trial against River
Oaks Imaging and Diagnostic.
According to a
Lambda Legal press release, the lawsuit charges that the
company violated Lopez's rights under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, the federal law prohibiting sex
discrimination in employment.
According to the
statement, Lopez said she applied for the position as a
scheduler with the company. After applying, going through
the screening process, and being interviewed, she was
asked to start as soon as possible in October 2005.
Days after she was hired, however, she received a
call from River Oaks's human resources director and
employment recruiter, telling her the company was not going
to employ her because she misrepresented herself as a woman.
She was unable to get her previous job back and
remained unemployed for several months.
applicant, I was interviewed by a manager and a director who
both felt I was qualified to do the job," Lopez
said in the press release. "I was shocked when
I received the call from human resources taking away the
job they'd offered me--it felt as if they'd said to
me, 'You're a monster; we don't want you
transgender rights attorney Cole Thaler is lead counsel on
the case, and Ken Upton, senior staff attorney in the
group's Dallas office, is assisting him. (The