A transgender man is suing his former employer after being fired based on his gender.
In a dog eat dog world, life can be pretty tough sometimes. It can be even tougher when someone refuses to accept us for who we are. And such is the case for transgender man El'Jai Devoureau—who is suing the company he claims recently fired him for discrimination. Can I Find Love If I'm Transgendered?
Though El'Jai was born physically female, he has always identified himself as male. In 2006, he started to take male hormones and had a sex-change surgery whereafter he had his birth certificate reissued and all his relevant paperwork redone so that the government would legally recognize he was, in fact, male.
Recently, El'Jai worked as an urine monitor for Urban Treatment Associates in Camden, NJ, where he supervised recovering addicts and made sure they did not substitute their urine for someone else's. When El'Jai's supervisor confronted him about his sex change, El'Jai refused to disclose his personal information and was subsequently fired.
"They were judging me for who I am, not for the job I was being asked to do, and that's wrong, and I was hurt," he said. And now he's suing.
But is a transgender woman really a man? According to Urban Treatment Associates, the answer is no. The company doesn't believe El'Jai's firing was discriminatory but legitimate "since the sex of the employee engaged in that particular job position is a bona fide occupational qualification" which implies that the drug treatment center does not consider El'Jai a real man. Oregon Man Is Pregnant
This is not only a bold accusation, but it's become the lawsuit's main focus. What is a man? Is this something we should only decided based on physical attributes? El'Jai has never felt like a female and took all the necessary steps so that others could view him how he's always felt. He's also gone through the legal process of changing his identity from female to male. We'll be interested to see how this case results in court.
What do you think? Should El'Jai be considered a man?