Richmond Woman fired hours after hiring by KFC for being transgender

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KFC fires VA Trans Woman
Georgia Carter

Richmond Trans woman Georgia Carter, 27, was ecstatic after being hired, answering only four questions by the manager, none of which asked if she was trans. But after the interview, within minutes, the manager called her and said she was fired because of her trans status.

“He was like, ‘You have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It’s yours. We are going to start you training on the computer tomorrow.’ It was like 11 to 4,” Carter told ABC 13.

Carter says she told her boyfriend she got the job.

“I’m an active member of society again,” she exclaimed. “I was so happy.”

But in a matter of minutes, the KFC manager called Carter with some bad news.

“He was like, ‘My supervisor and I have a problem because on your license it says ‘male,’ but you’re…’ and I was like, ‘I’m transgender,'” Carter says.

The reason the manager rescinded the job offer?

“‘Oh, we can’t hire you because we don’t know which bathroom you can use,'” Carter says the manager told her.

The manager told ABC 13 that if Carter changed her gender marker on her driver license to align with her presentation they would (re) hire her.

It is common practice especially with high-turnover employers to conduct brief interviews and to offer employment contingent on subsequent credential and background checks. Firing, or refusing to hire Carter for these reasons would in violation of title VII.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender

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