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Investigation Finds NYC Stores Discriminating Against Transgender Job Applicants

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LGBT rights supporters gathered in front of a J Crew clothing store in New York on Sunday – to protest what they said are the company’s unfair and discriminatory hiring practices – and to call attention to apparently widespread violations of New York City laws protecting transgender workers and applicants.

The protest was based on the findings of an investigation conducted by the group “Make the Road New York.” The group hired two actors – and paired each of them with a transgender counterpart of the same age and adopted gender. They gave each of them comparable fake resumes – with the transgender person getting slightly more experience … and sent them out into Manhattan to try to get a variety of retail jobs. Each member of each pair entered each establishment within 20 minutes of each other – so they were dealing with the same managers – but they got vastly different responses. The group says nowhere was that more evident than at J. Crew.

The clothing store did not offer jobs to either transgender applicant, including Julian Brolaski. He said he was treated brusquely while at the store – and said that when he followed up — twice — he was promised callbacks that never came. The store DID offer jobs to BOTH of the non-trans applicants.

Overall, all four applicants applied for 66 jobs all over town. Non-transgender applicants were offered 14. Transgender applicants – with virtually identical ages, experiences and qualifications – were offered two.

Protesters this weekend called on J. Crew to adopt a non-discrimination policy and include it in all job listings and applications. A spokesman for the company did not return OutQ’s call for comment.


Written by OutQ News staff

March 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Posted in Business, Transgender

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  1. I have hit this invisible discrimination wall many times after I transitioned. If you don’t get a call back you really question the person doing the hiring is evaluating all job application fairly.

    Sarah Jane

    March 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM

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