When Thompson and Caroline Dean hired Anastacia St. Claire-Hannah as their housekeeper, they initially felt “very impressed” with her work. Then they found out she was transgender, allegedly began calling her a “disgusting” “freak,” and then fired her because “they said it would look bad for Thompson Dean’s image and business.” Now St. Clair-Hannah will sue the Deans in New York supreme court for benefits and back pay. The Deans deny the allegations. But while St. Clair-Hannah can probably win her back pay, seeing as New York state and the U.S. have no employee protections for trans employees, she doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on to sue for discrimination.
Silly Deans—good housekeeping has no gender. And good help is so hard to find these days.