The violence inflicted on a transgender woman in a Baltimore branch of McDonalds has rightly outraged many all across the world, What’s more shocking than violence dished out on this poor lone woman, is the lack of help, support, protection or assistance of any of the staff or even the manager of the restaurant who filmed the whole atrocious beating on his phone. But worse than not protecting or offering assistance to the victim the staff can actually be heard encouraging the attackers.
The unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s, two other patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers.
The April 18 assault took place at a McDonald’s location in the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, charges are still pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators.
Not surprisingly, McDonald’s lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished, his punishment - a days suspension!
Is that enough, should they be allowed to get away with it, had the victim have been a black transgender woman and the attackers and employees encouraging the attack been white there would be a national and international outcry over the incident.
Change.org are running a petition in hopes that justice can and will prevail for this transgender woman.
Also please contact the Maryland States Attorney’s Office – Violent Crimes Division at 410-887-6610 and express your concerns about this matter.