Transgender General Sales Manager Files Lawsuit Against Austin, Texas Car Dealership

Employee Files Lawsuit against Roger Beasley Imports for Discrimination
Bradley Rudkin
Bradley Rudkin
AUSTIN, Texas - Aug. 26, 2017 - PRLog -- Bradley Rudkin served Roger Beasley Mitsubishi as it's General Sales Manager beginning on or about February 1st, 2015. Within the first 3 weeks of employment, Jim Bagan, Company Vice President approached Mr. Rudkin's desk and asked for a quick conversation. When Bradley approached, Jim Bagan stated, "I hear you are a cross-dresser." after an uncomfortable silence, Bradley responded, "Do you really want me to comment on that?" Jim abruptly said, "No, just keep it professional." Mr. Bagan then turned and walked away. These comments were unwelcome and Mr. Rudkin considered them to be an intrusion on his personal life.

On another occasion, Plaintiffs girlfriend, a transgender woman visited plaintiff for lunch at the dealership. While eating lunch in the Plaintiffs office an employee shouted out loud on the showroom floor, "Hey, You guy's aren't sucking each others (Expletive) in there are you?" This event was followed by laughter and chatter by other employees in the building. The taunting was unwelcome and made Plaintiff and his girlfriend very uncomfortable.  Two weeks after this event, Bradley Rudkin was abruptly terminated without notice and without cause by Richard Davis, an employee hired to take Mr Rudkin's place.

Prior to Bradley's employment tenure, Roger Beasley Mitsubishi South had been open approximately 2 years. Each year this dealership achieved poor sales results losing approximately half a million dollars both years. Mr Rudkin was an award winning successful GSM achieving a 350,000 dollar profit his first full year with the dealer group. This was a 750,000 swing from the previous 2 years. Mr. Rudkin's team won the Mitsubishi Come Back Cup Award in November 2015 achieving 540% percent improvement in sales from the previous year. Bradley Rudkin never had a written or verbal warning during his employment at Roger Beasley Mitsubishi. Suit was filed 8-1-2017 with "EEOC Right to Sue" letter within time limits as set by EEOC.

Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court in the State Of Texas is attached.

The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC is a boutique law firm focusing on LGBT issues, consumer-related legal issues and civil litigation for people and businesses across Texas.

For more information about this case, contact Attorney Justin Nichols at 210-354-2300 or

NOTICE: All information contained in this statement comes from the Complaint which has been filed as a public record with the court. As dedicated civil rights attorneys, we strongly believe in the public value of telling our clients' stories: violators can be held accountable, and other silent victims can feel empowered to stand up for their legal rights. Although we make every attempt to verify our clients' claims, note that the defendant is expected to oppose our client's position, and the court has not ruled one way or the other as of the date of this statement.  -  END

bradley rudkin
Tags:Transgender, Lawsuit, Discrimination
Location:Austin - Texas - United States
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