BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 1 that EMC Corporation, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies (collectively, Dell EMC), will pay $110,000 after allegations of discriminating based on sex and gender identity.
“Transgender people continue to face significant and unique barriers in finding and maintaining employment,” Healey said. “This case is a reminder that all employers, even those who are leaders in matters of diversity and inclusion, must be proactive about identifying and eliminating discrimination. We appreciate Dell EMC’s efforts to successfully resolve this issue.”
According to allegations, a transgender woman and employee of Dell EMC was subjected to a hostile work environment based on her sex and gender identity. She was allegedly denied job opportunities and retaliated against for complaining of discrimination.
“Transgender people are coming in from the social margins and increasingly coming out of the shadows at work. Employment provides solutions for housing, health issues, pride, acceptance, a sense of community and an overall better quality of life,” said Jeanie You, vice president of marketing and communications at TransCanWork. “This case is particularly important as statistics show an ever-increasing number of youth—the incoming workforce—identifying as transgender, non-conforming, or non-binary.”
Handling the case for Massachusetts was assistant attorney general Sara Colb of the attorney general's Civil Rights Division, with assistance from Investigator Shannon Roark.