TLDEF Helps Transgender Man Achieve Settlement in Discrimination Suit

TLDEF is announcing a settlement on behalf of El’ Jai Devoureau, a transgender man in New Jersey who alleged he was barred from working in a male-only job in a drug treatment facility.

The lawsuit, filed in April 2011, alleged that in June 2010, defendant Camden Treatment Associates, LLC t/a Urban Treatment Associates, Inc. (“Camden Treatment”) hired plaintiff El’ Jai Devoureau as a urine monitor for men. His job responsibilities included monitoring male outpatients as they provided urine samples for drug testing. Mr. Devoureau alleged in the suit that, on his first full day of work, Camden Treatment fired him on the spot after being told that Mr. Devoureau had transitioned from female to male. Camden Treatment specifically denied that Mr. Devoureau was ever employed by Camden Treatment and also denied the allegations of improper discrimination.

Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, Camden Treatment notes that it “fully acknowledges that Mr. Devoureau is male” and that it has aligned its internal compliance policy to include transgender individuals as a protected class. This is in accordance with New Jersey’s employment nondiscrimination law, which has included protections for gender identity and expression since 2007.

Also as part of the settlement, Gibson,Dunn &Crutcher LLP, co-counsel with TLDEF, agreed to waive over a million dollars in fees and costs incurred in litigating the case on behalf of Mr. Devoureau.

“We are pleased that Camden Treatment agreed to resolve this matter and bring closure to Mr. Devoureau without the need for a trial,” said TLDEF Executive Director, Michael Silverman.

“We are glad we could reach an amicable resolution that will allow Mr. Devoureau to move on with his life and allow Camden Treatment to continue its valuable work in the Camden, NJ area,” said Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner, Jim Walden.

Jim Walden, Rachel Lavery, Benjamin Wastler, and Amy Mayer of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Robyn Gigl of Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP serve as co-counsel with TLDEF for Mr. Devoureau. We are grateful for their assistance.