The J. Crew store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue was barraged Sunday by protesters who accused the store of discriminating against transgender job applicants.
Make the Road New York, a group that advocates for minorities in America's biggest city, say that research indicates a pattern of employment discrimination involving transgender applicants.
According to a press release from MRNY, "[Transgender applicant] Julian Brolaski, applied at a 5th Avenue J. Crew store. He was treated brusquely, told to fill out an application and was never called. His testing partner, Leigh Cambre, who entered the store a few minutes later, described a very different experience, 'I filled out an application, was interviewed on the spot and offered a job soon after.' A separate pair of testers documented a similar situation."
At Sunday's rally, protesters called on the company to address antitransgender discrimination by adopting new policies, training employees in fair hiring practices, and ensuring transgender employees are from from harassment at work.
A bill that would protect transgender people from discrimination recently passed New York's state assembly.