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Rapid City transgender case settled; what's next for Cori McCreery?

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"I felt like it was my duty to stand up for other people like me," said 29-year-old Cori McCreery. 

 
Cori sought legal council after she says she was fired from Don's Valley Market in 2011 for transitioning from male to female. "Because he was running a family-oriented business, he was going to have to release me because he did not want the controversy of my transition to affect business," said Cori.

Her case was settled for $50,000 Monday. 
 
Don Turner, supermarket owner, says he did not fire Cori because she's transgender, and he says he settled because he could not afford to go to court.

Cori says she hopes her case helps others like her. "That it can show them that there is hope, that the future is bright, that they should not give up, and I hope that it puts it out on a national scale," said Cori. 
 
She says she wants Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimiation Act, which protects sexual orientation and gender identity in the work place. "Hopefully cases like mine can move that along and show that there is a need for that," said Cori. 
 
And speaking up so others know they are not alone. "You do matter as a person, and that everything you do can help others in their cause, and that it may seem like a tough battle at times, but it will get better," said Cori.

Cori says she is happy in her new job, working for a major airline. 

 

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