In July, Zikeria Bellamy filled out an online application for a position as a shift manager or crew leader at a nearby McDonalds, leaving the box indicating the applicant's gender unchecked. The gender question is listed as optional on the online form.
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The manager has since been fired.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken up Bellamy's defense, filing an official complaint with the State's Commission on Human Relations that claims McDonalds has violated the Florida Civil Rights Act.
Under the act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an applicant based on their race, ethnicity and gender. Transgendered individuals have been covered by sex and disability provisions within the act in past instances.