BROWNSVILLE, Texas – At a time when the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace, one Valley transgender woman shares her personal story of discrimination at a local nursing home in Edinburg.
Naya Hernandez loved her job at the Windsor Arbor View Nursing Home as a certified nursing assistant.
Clients adored and appreciated her while she enjoyed helping them.
Despite the fact that every day she felt discriminated against, even after reaching out to administrators, who she said disregarded her complaints and allowed the discrimination to continue.
“I go by her and she I asked them nicely to use female pronouns and they just disregarded my request, my legal documentation is female, they are the ones that chose to disrespect me repeatedly,” Hernandez said.
And Hernandez is not alone. A National Transgender Discrimination Survey showed that 26% of trans people lost a job due to bias, 50% were harassed on the job. Currently, there are 26 states, including Texas, that do not explicitly protect against employment discrimination based on gender identity, then your job could legally be terminated because you are transgender.
In October, the Supreme Court will hear Aimee Stephens’ case, who was fired for being transgender. Justices will decide whether Stephens and other transgender workers are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the court may not offer its ruling until June 2020, the case will one of the most pivotal LGBTQ rights cases ever heard before the Supreme Court.
“Lawyers cannot do anything, unfortunately, because there’s no laws protecting us and so I just don’t feel safe in the workplace,” she said.
Local 23 News reached out the nursing home for comment, but they have not provided any yet.
877-565-8860 a Trans Lifeline number for support.