AT&T Faces $3M Lawsuit for Alleged Transgender Discrimination and Retaliation

Lawsuit Against AT&T

A transgender woman, Robyn Casias, previously Robert Lott, has filed a lawsuit against AT&T, alleging discrimination and termination following her revelation of transitioning while working for the telecommunications giant.

A Long Career & Transition

Casias had a 16-year tenure at AT&T, known as a high-performing senior project architect. In 2017, during a Texas meeting, she unveiled her transgender identity to colleagues, transitioning from presenting as a married man with children to her true self.

Challenging Workplace Transition

Despite receiving a service excellence award that bolstered her confidence, Casias experienced hostility when revealing her true identity at a work conference.

Colleagues responded negatively, leading to exclusion from key projects and substantive work.

Allegations of Discrimination

Casias detailed exclusion from important meetings, a shift to administrative tasks, and being sidelined from significant projects after her transition.

Despite raising concerns to HR and higher-ups, she was terminated in 2020, purportedly due to being “on the surplus.”

Seeking Redress Through Legal Action

Casias is pursuing a $3 million compensation for gender discrimination, retaliation, and punitive damages, along with legal costs.

Her attorney emphasized the stark shift in treatment post-transition despite her lengthy stellar performance.

AT&T’s Response & Denial

AT&T denied all allegations, stating a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The company refuted the claims amid the ongoing legal battle.

Profound Discrimination Allegations

Casias’ attorney expressed shock at the stark discrimination allegations, highlighting a drastic change in treatment following her announcement of transitioning. The lawsuit challenges AT&T’s treatment post-identity revelation.

Legal Battle Unfolds

The lawsuit sets the stage for a legal battle, shedding light on alleged discriminatory practices against a transgender individual within the corporate landscape.

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