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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

September 25, 2014

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, Plaintiff,
v.
R.G. & G.R. HARRIS FUNERAL HOMES INC., Defendant.

         Complaint AND Jury Demand

          EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION P. DAVID LOPEZ General Counsel

          JAMES L. LEE Deputy General Counsel

          GWENDOLYN YOUNG REAMS Associate General Counsel

          LAURIE A. YOUNG Regional Attorney

          KENNETH BIRD Supervisory Trial Attorney

          MILES SHULTZ (P73555) Trial Attorney

          DALE PRICE (P55578) Trial Attorney DETROIT FIELD OFFICE Patrick V. McNamara

          NATURE OF THE ACTION

         This is an action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to correct unlawful employment practices on the basis of sex and to provide appropriate relief to Amiee Stephens who was adversely affected by such practices. As alleged with greater particularly in paragraphs 8 through 16 below, Defendant R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, Inc., fired Stephens, a transgender woman, because of sex. Additionally, as alleged in paragraphs 12 and 17 below, Defendant discriminated against female employees by not providing them work clothing while providing work clothing to male employees.

         JURISDICTION AND VENUE

         1. Jurisdiction of this Court is invoked pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 451, 1331, 1337, 1343 and 1345. This action is authorized and instituted pursuant to Section 706(f)(1) and (3) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(f)(1) and (3) (“Title VII”), and Section 102 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 42 U.S.C. § 1981a.

         2. The employment practices alleged to be unlawful were committed within the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division.

         PARTIES

         3. Plaintiff, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “Commission”), is the agency of the United States of America charged with the administration, interpretation and enforcement of Title VII, and is expressly authorized to bring this action by ...


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