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Judge dismisses case over transgender embalmer's firing

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender embalmer who was fired by a Detroit-area funeral home after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and would dress as a woman.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox ruled Thursday that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home didn't discriminate against Aimee Stephens. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Garden City funeral home on behalf of Stephens, who was fired in 2013 after telling her employer she was transitioning.

The EEOC in 2014 sued the funeral home and a Florida eye clinic, saying it was the first time it had filed lawsuits to protect transgender people in the workplace. The commission settled with the eye clinic.

The EEOC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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