According to the 5/20/10 issue of Business Wire, Araquel secured a part-time job with the Macy's Department Store located in the Del Amo Fashion Center at Torrance, California, working primarily in the cosmetics department. Initially hired as a part-time employee in November, 2006 Araquel sought a full-time position and made her wishes known to Macy's management.
She was eventually given a full-time position with the facility 16 months later, in March 2008. However, the lawsuit notes that during the 16 months Araquel campaigned for a full-time job, Macy's continued to hire full-time personnel from outside the store. The Business Wire states that Araquel finally secured a full-time position only after threatening legal action.
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Araquel, a Filipino-American, was terminated in September of last year for alleged insubordination and use of foul language. However, her attorney stated that in his view the termination was actually in retaliation to her numerous complaints to management about ongoing harassment and discrimination.
The lawsuit notes that Araquel's gender status was known to Macy's at the time of her employment, in 2006.
Araquel filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Unemployment and Housing (FEHA) prior to filing the lawsuit. Her wrongful termination attorneys note that it is a violation of FEHA for an employee to be terminated based on that individual's sex, gender or gender identity.