Members of the
nonprofit group Make the Road New York are rallying
today in front of the preppy haven’s
"I just feel like I had a big slap in my face,"
said Yo (Yozmit) Smith, 39, a transgender female performance artist from
Smith applied for jobs at dozens of retail stores in
transgender person. At the same time, a nontransgender person evenly matched in
age, race and experience applied for the same jobs.
Smith didn’t get a single offer, but the other person got
eight. Smith was one of two pairs of applicants who tested the hiring practices
J. Crew violated the city’s human rights law, said Irene
Tung of the group, which has filed a complaint with the state attorney
A manager at the Fifth Ave. J. Crew where Smith applied
declined to comment.
Calls to the company’s executive offices weren’t
The sign at J. Crew and other
retailers in the city might as well read "transgender people need not
apply," said an advocacy group.