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“Freak” Trans Woman Wins $104K From Her Bigoted Taxi Cab Boss

Over trans woman Venessa Fitzsimmons’ four years working with Chicago’s Universal Taxi Dispatch, the company’s owner Gordon Simic repeatedly called her a “freak,” a “queer,” and an “abomination, claimed the company lost business because of her, forced her to pay for her own cab repairs (something he didn’t require from other employees), and refused to help her out when her taxi broke down. And though she may have lost a bit of dignity while working for Simic, she also just won $104,711 from him as well, thanks to the ruling of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Respecting your trans employees isn’t only decent, it’s also good business.

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