EAST ST. LOUIS — A transgender woman has filed a lawsuit against Internet Wines & Spirits Co. d/b/a Randall’s Wine & Spirits and George Randall, her former employer, citing alleged transgender discrimination when she decided to transition from a man to a woman.

Jaimie Hileman filed a complaint on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleging that her former employer violated Title VII and the Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, as a result of the defendants' unlawful conduct, she has been damaged and has suffered embarrassment, inconvenience, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life. The plaintiff holds them responsible because they allegedly recklessly disregarded her federally protected rights to transition in gender and retaliated against her for engaging in protected activity and filing a lawsuit against them.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, costs, and such further relief as the court deems appropriate. She is represented by D. Eric Sowers, Ferne P. Wolf and Joshua M. Pierson of Sowers & Wolf LLC in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00165

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