MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Ellucian will pay $140,000 and provide significant non-monetary relief to resolve allegations of discrimination.

Ellucian provides higher education technology services and is based in Minnesota. According to EEOC, it banned an employee from accessing her workplace on a college campus after she informed coworkers of her decision to transition from male to female. The college allegedly asked for the employee to be transitioned away from the campus, and Ellucian complied.

"We appreciate that Ellucian worked cooperatively with EEOC to resolve this charge without having to go through protracted litigation," said Julianne Bowman, district director of the EEOC's Chicago District. "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."

In addition to the monetary relief, Ellucian agreed to modify its code of conduct to include gender identity as a protected basis. Additionally, it will provide training to all employees on gender identity discrimination.

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