A worker at a New York restaurant is going forward with a discrimination lawsuit, alleging he was fired because he was born a female but later became a male.
Eric Buffong, who was born Erica Buffong, said he was harassed at work and then fired after a colleague came to work brandishing a high school yearbook photo of Buffong as a woman, the New York Daily News reported.
"Prior to that I was the chef's No. 1 guy. Just because I was born a female and I chose to be a male, it's a problem now?" asked Buffong, 27.
Now, in a landmark ruling, a judge told Buffong he can go forward with his lawsuit against Tarrytown's Castle on the Hudson, which houses the five-star restaurant Equus, where Buffong worked.
New York City's human rights law does cover transgender people who identify as a different sex than the one they were born. Buffong, who changed his sex seven years ago, said he never had to explain himself because he lived as a male.
The executive chef at Equus denied discrimination in Buffong's firing.