EEOC settles suit with Virginia company who discriminated against transgender employee


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a settlement with Ellucian, a higher education technology company, after the company was accused of discriminating against a transgender employee.

The employee was working for Ellucian at an unnamed Minnesota college. According to a press release from the EEOC:

An investigation by EEOC’s Minneapolis Area Office revealed that Ellucian barred the employee from access to her workplace on a college campus the day after she informed her co-workers she planned to transition from male to female. The college asked Ellucian, which was performing contracted informational technology work for the college, to remove the employee from their campus, and Ellucian complied with the college’s request.

Ellucian agreed to pay $140,000 and update the employee code of conduct to include protections for employees based on gender identity, and implement training for employees on gender identity discrimination.

“We appreciate that Ellucian worked cooperatively with EEOC to resolve this charge without having to go through protracted litigation,” Julianne Bowman, district director of the EEOC’s Chicago District, said in a statement. “As a result of this agreement, Ellucian is helping to lead the way for transgender employees to enjoy equal rights in the workplace in Minnesota.”

Ellucian, based on Fairfax, Va., told the Associated Press “the company is pleased the matter is resolved.”

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