New York's transgender community scored a major victory Aug. 9 when the New York State Supreme Court found transgendered people are protected under the same laws that outlaw religious and racial discrimination.
The issue reached the court when high-class New York City restaurant Equus terminated employee Eric Buffong. Born Erica Buffong, Buffong accused his employer of discrimination due to his transgender status. According to Buffong, restaurant employees began ridiculing and taunting him after they discovered an old yearbook picture of him when he was female. Buffong also alleges that employees changed his name on the schedule from "Eric" to "Erica."