Transgender man settles discrimination lawsuit


El’ Jai Devoureau, a transgender man in Southern New Jersey who alleged he was barred from working in a male- only job in a Camden New Jersey drug treatment facility has settled his suit. He says in June 2010, Camden Treatment Associates, LLC hired him as a urine monitor for men. His job responsibilities included monitoring male outpatients as they provided urine samples for drug testing.

Devoureau says that on his first full day of work, Camden Treatment fired him on the spot after being told that he 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 in the settlement.

Although the full 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.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, co-counsel with Transgender Legal Defense and Eduction Fund has agreed to waive over a million dollars in fees and costs incurred in litigating the case on behalf of 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 on the case.