Transgender woman files lawsuit against New Jersey restaurant alleging discrimination

Transgender woman files lawsuit against New Jersey restaurant alleging discrimination

A transgender woman filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey restaurant for alleged discrimination, NBC News reported Monday. 

Crystal Aiello worked at Sicilian Sun in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., just one day in September before her boss Jim Boggio reportedly fired her.

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"Boggio called plaintiff and left a message stating, 'Other servers did not feel like you were a good fit,' and that she did not need to return to the restaurant," the lawsuit states, per NBC News. "Boggio fired the plaintiff solely because at least one member of staff was uncomfortable working with a transgender woman."

The suit, filed in Superior Court of New Jersey in Bergen County, seeks lost wages, punitive damages and legal fee repayment.

Aiello is suing the restaurant under New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and business contracts based on several traits, including gender identity.

“We appreciate as civil rights attorneys the difficulties and challenges faced by transgender people, in today’s America especially," Kevin Costello, Aiello's attorney, told NBC News. "We look forward to having process applied to Crystal’s case."

The Sicilian Sun did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the suit.