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Rawles v. The Educational Alliance


In 2004, Housing Works sued the Educational Alliance (EA), a major New York nonprofit, over its blanket refusal to provide housing to a homeless transgender woman. Housing Works secured a settlement in which EA agreed to pay the plaintiff a fair sum and, in addition, to implement systemic changes to ensure the proper treatment of transgender applicants and clients.

Those changes included providing staff with sensitivity training on properly serving and working with transgender applicants and clients; adopting policies and procedures for serving transgender clients; using its best efforts to admit and retain qualified transgender applicants in at least one room in EA’s housing facilities; and using its best efforts to hire and retain at least one transgender employee.

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