STAR CITY, AR -- A transgender woman says she was fired from her job at a Mcdonald's in Star City because she used women's restroom.
Kaye Bowens says when she was hired she made it clear she was born a man but lives as a women. She says she had no problems during the first three months of her employment, but says, two weeks ago a shift manager confronted her in the women's bathroom.
Bowens says the manager said she should be using the men's room. The next day she was called into the general manager's office and fired, according to Bowens.
She says she was offered her job back later the same day, after she threatened a lawsuit but only if she agreed to use the men's bathroom.
"I felt offended because I'm like 'what does what restroom I use have to do with my work ethic," explained Bowens.
Bowens says she was confused because she'd been using the women's bathroom all along.
She says she has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is considering hiring a lawyer.
Michael Retzer, the owner of the McDonald's franchise in Star City issued the below statement on Wednesday:
“We believe in the value of a diverse workforce, equal opportunity and a workplace free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. As such, we continue to do our best to meet the needs of our employees and customers, and we are reviewing this situation carefully. It is important for us to share that the employee in question is a current employee and has not been terminated. We have asked the employee to discuss this issue with us, but we have not received a response.”