I'm not sure Allegheny County Council should brag about adopting the “Philadelphia” model of non-discrimination legislation. First, there was the private swim club that refused to honor a contract to let children swim there because it (let me make sure I have the quote right) … “changed the complexion” of the pool.
Now comes another Philadelphia story courtesy of Pam's House Blend.
Trans woman Kate Lynn Blatt says her former employer requested a photograph of her genitalia as a condition of continued employment, after questions arose about her use of a worksite female locker room.
Irene Kudziela, branch manager of Manpower's Pottsville office, allegedly told Blatt that a letter from her surgeon documenting her gender-reassignment surgery – along with a photograph of her genital area – would be necessary before she could return to Sapa.
Blatt, 28, said she found the request “repugnant” and “disgusting,” and declined to comply. She viewed the request as a form of sexual harassment, she added.
“I was shocked and disgusted,” Blatt said. “It felt like I was being reduced to a mere sex object. I was trying to work there in a dignified and private manner, but my dignity and privacy were constantly being violated.”
Kudziela declined to comment for this story.
Frank Koller, human-resources manager at Sapa, also declined to comment.
Wow. That pretty much sums up why HB 300 is important. If Sapa/Manpower can get away with this, what else can happen? It is exactly the sort of hysteria Diane Gramley dredges up when she terrorizes good Christians with the sphecter of men-in-skirts creeping into the bathroom to peep under the stalls. It is also illegal.
It should be illegal across the state to demand anyone produce a photo of their genitalia in order to hold a job.