Rapid City supermarket settles transgender employee complaint - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City supermarket settles transgender employee complaint

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A Rapid City grocery store paid out $50,000 after a former employee claimed she was fired for being transgender.

Cori McCreery, a longtime Rapid City resident, says she was fired in 2010 from her job at Don's Valley Market after she informed her employer that she would be taking steps to transition from male to female at work.  McCreery worked at Don's Valley market on and off for 5 years and at one point held a supervisory position.

She says when she informed the owner that she would be making the transformation from man to woman, she was fired and told that she was "making other employees uncomfortable" and that he, owner Don Turner, had a "$7 million investment to protect."

In 2013, with the assistance of a legal organization Lambda Legal and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, McCreery filed a complaint.

Monday, Lambda Legal announced that McCreery will receive a $50,000 settlement from the store's owners.   In addition Don's Valley Market is required to conduct yearly three-hour all-staff mandatory training's on workplace protections, and issue a letter of apology and letter of recommendation for McCreery.

Supermarket owner Don Turner told KOTA Territory News there was no admission of guilt on his part. He says he settled out of court because he did not have the resources to take on an organization as big as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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