Former Transgender Nike Employee Sues For Millions Over Wrong Pronoun Use
It appears the Kaepernick backing shoe company, Nike, is in some legal trouble after they hired a trans computer programmer. The programmer Jazz Lyles refers to herself as transmasculine/nonbinary and prefers the pronouns them, they, and their. But according to her lawsuit, she claims no one at Nike would use her preferred pronouns, even after she repeatedly corrected them. Lyles further claims that this led to her being unable to work in the office with her co-workers and feels it prevented her from obtaining a full-time job with Nike. So a contract employee that gave Nike grief about wanting to be called plural pronouns is suing because she didn't get the job... Nike brought this on itself when they backed Kaepernick...
"Jazz Lyles, a former computer engineer at Nike's Beaverton headquarters, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the sportswear giant.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, alleges Nike and Mainz Brady, an IT staffing firm based in San Mateo, Calif., exposed Lyles to gender identity-based discrimination and harassment and retaliation. (Mainz Brady didn't respond to a request for comment.)"
"Lyles cycled through three assignments, becoming increasingly wounded by co-workers using the wrong pronouns. Eventually, they took medical leave and worked primarily from home before their contract ended last fall. In their lawsuit, Lyles says Nike managers failed to safeguard Lyles' civil rights and blocked them from obtaining a full-time Nike job, as many contractors do."
"In an earlier response to Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries through its law firm, Stoel Rives, Nike dismissed Lyles' complaint, the outlet said.
"Lyles was a mediocre [contractor] with a limited skill set," Stoel Rives wrote, according to Willamette Week, adding that a hiring freeze, not discrimination, was why Lyles failed to land a full-time job at Nike — and that "Lyles' allegations are without merit."
Many of her co-workers claim they did not know about her preferred pronouns. But still, this ridiculous. How is she going to prove that Nike discriminated against her when it comes to being hired? It was a contract job and it is up to the company whether they want to hire someone on. Usually, companies want someone who works well with others. Sounds like Lyles was overly sensitive about her pronoun demands. But seeing as this is Nike and they are trying to embrace all of that diversity, she may just get her million.