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Published on January 13th, 2012 | by Wild Gender


Fired for Wearing a Packer Penis to Work !

An article cheekily called “What to wear? Skirt, blouse, prosthetic penis?” appeared on the Los Angeles Times “Nation Now” blog today. The article painfully pokes fun at a lawsuit raised against a Pennsylvania snack food plant  (J&J Snack Foods of Moosic, Pa.) for firing an employee for packing.

Yes, packing, as in, wearing a penis.

The author of the Times article incensitively jokes: “it’s always tough to decide what to wear to work every day,” before introducing the plight of 45-year-old Pauline Davis whose co-workers alerted management to Davis’ packing.

Davis was promptly fired.

According to the LA Times, (in an article so ridden with pronoun problems we hardly want to link to it) Davis argued that the firing was discriminatory, referencing that a trans woman also works at the plant and has had no difficulty keeping their job. Davis filed a civil rights complaint in federal court in Scranton, Pa., with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Philadelphia and their federal lawsuit seeks back pay, punitive damages, and damages for suffering and humiliation.

Also noted by the Times, Davis’ job was actually working as a “packer” for the plant, a slightly ironic coincidence that the Times didn’t catch.


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