Retailer Settles With New York Over Alleged Discrimination Against Transgender People

American Eagle Outfitters signed an agreement with the New York Attorney General's Office to resolve a community group's complaints about alleged discrimination against transgender people. According to the New York Daily News, the agreement includes eliminating a corporate dress code that banned men from wearing women's clothing, and vice versa.

"To avoid further expense and the distraction of a prolonged argument, [we have] agreed to a compromise settlement in this case, with the understanding that AEO is not admitting to the findings," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. "We wholeheartedly believe that transgender individuals should be treated equally."

American Eagle is the first retailer to be investigated under the section of the state's Human Rights Law that bars employers from discriminating against applicants because of their gender identity, according to the Daily News story.

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