American Eagle Agrees to Rewrite Transgender Employee Policies

Wednesday, May 12, 2010  |  Updated 9:31 AM EDT
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American Eagle Outfitters has just become a little more transgender friendly.

The retail outlet signed a deal promising to change its policies that had previously barred male employees from dressing as women and women dressing as men, the New York Daily News reported today.

The community group Make the Road New York had complained to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo about what it felt was American Eagle's discriminatory practices toward transgender people.

"To avoid further expense and the distraction of a prolonged argument, [we have] agreed to a compromise settlement in this case, with the understanding that AEO is not admitting to the findings," a company spokeswoman told the News.

"We wholeheartedly believe that transgender individuals should be treated equally," she added in a statement.

The April settlement is the first crackdown against a retailer under the section of the state's Human Rights Law that bars employers from discriminating against applicants because of their gender identity.
 

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