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  • Sex Discrimination? Gender Bias? Or none-of-the-above?

    A very good friend of mine is an Asian Model. He models as a woman because he has very feminine features and a very petite body. Over the past couple years he's been hired for modeling and to MC Events, but some of them, when they find out he's a...

    Beth’s Answer

    The Washington Law Against Discrimination makes it illegal to
    discriminate in hiring or discharge on the basis of sex and on the basis
    of gender identity or expression. In addition, Title VII bars
    discrimination on the basis of sex, which has been held to bar
    discrimination against transgender persons. There are very limited
    defenses applicable if sex or gender identity is a bona fide
    occupational qualification. Our firm practices extensively in the area
    of employment discrimination against transgender individuals.

    Very Truly Yours,

    Beth Barrett Bloom

    Frank, Freed, Subit & Thomas LLP

    705 Second Avenue, suite 1200

    Seattle, Washington 98104

    206.682.6711 telephone

    www.frankfreed.com

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