Quarles & Brady represented Rent-A-Center in a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Stephanie Quincy, chair of Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Phoenix Practice Group, was lead counsel.
Rent-A-Center was alleged to have terminated an employee based on her transgender status. The company argued the employee used a delivery vehicle for personal use. On May 18, with Judge Eric I. Long presiding, a jury in the Central District of Illinois returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Rent-A-Center.
This was the EEOC’s first transgender discrimination case taken to trial.
– Nicole Stanton, Quarles & Brady LLP