Transgender TV and internet personality sues BET

Transgender TV and internet personality, B. Scott (né Brandon Sessoms), is suing BET for $2.5 million, alleging discrimination when the network forced her to change into men’s clothing while being a style correspondent at the 2013 BET Awards.

Ms. Scott alleges that she was hired as a “stage style correspondent” for the awards show and “was not told there would be appearance restrictions based on gender expression.” Ms. Scott had previously appeared on BET shows so the network was on notice of her gender identity.

Ms. Scott alleges she wore a flowing black tunic and pants for the show, which were “pre-approved” by BET producers. After the first segment on the red carpet, Ms. Scott claims she was “literally yanked backstage and told that [her outfit] ‘wasn’t acceptable.'” Ms. Scott alleges she was then “forced to change into solely men’s clothing,” which made her uncomfortable. Ms. Scott claims she was subsequently terminated and replaced by another correspondent, but was then added back near the completion of the show in an inferior position. Ms. Scott also claims she was not paid.

Ms. Scott’s complaint alleges that she was the only correspondent whose appearance was restricted. She seeks a public apology and at least $2.5 million in damages for alleged discrimination based on gender identity or expression, discrimination based on sexual orientation, breach of contract, wrongful termination in violation of public policy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.