A transgendered woman who was told to use the men’s room at Loehmann’s has filed a complaint alleging discrimination by the discount retail chain.
Jane Galla, who describes herself as a regular Loehmann’s shopper, says in a complaint filed Dec. 1 with the city Commission on Human Rights and announced yesterday that she was denied access to the Chelsea store’s fitting rooms and rest rooms.
“I felt humiliated when I was publicly told to use the men’s fitting room” in April, the woman said through a statement from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. “I’ve been living as a woman for 3-1/2 years and can no longer use a men’s fitting room.”
A commission official noted the city’s human rights law was amended in 2002 to cover individuals in a “gender identity class” but had no comment on the complaint.
I wonder if they figured men would be more welcoming seeing what appeared to be a woman among them than women would be by what appeared to be a man.
Jane is a woman. She should be allowed to use facilities designated for women. This is a no-brainer, but hidebound folks are gonna hidebound. Such is the way.