A transgender woman who worked as a grocery clerk at the Spouts Farmers Market Inc. store in Woodland Hills is suing the supermarket chain, alleging she was forced to go on medical leave earlier this year after being harassed by co-workers and called a “tranny” by a supervisor.

Robert “Flower” Duran’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit allegations include gender and sexual discrimination and harassment, retaliation, failure to promote, failure to prevent disrimination, harassment and retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Duran seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit filed Tuesday.

A Sprouts representative could not be immediately reached.

Duran was hired in September 2018 and she told her co-coworkers and managers at the time that she was gay hoping she would be treated better than if she said she was transgender, the suit states.

About 15 months later, she began hearing rumors from other employees that she was being intimate with male and female managers and that she desired to be sexually involved with multiple male employees at the Woodland Hills location, the suit states.

“Ms. Duran began to feel increasingly anxious and distressed,” the suit states.

That same month, Duran’s hours were reduced to 30 a week by a supervisor and she was assigned to train new heterosexual hires who were later often promoted over the plaintiff despite having less experience, the suit states.

Duran also was given more work than heterosexual employees and she often found that her supplies would be purposefully taken or misplaced, causing her to fall behind, according to her suit.

“Ms. Duran believes that other workers were purposefully moving the stock to distress her due to her sexual orientation,” the suit states.

Duran found a note in her locker in January 2019 that stated, “I know your secret, you (epithet),” the suit states.

The plaintiff told a supervisor about the message, but nothing was done about it, and Duran thinks it was penned by the supervisor, according to the suit.

“Ms. Duran believed this note proved that she was not welcome in her place of work and her anxiety deepened,” the suit states.

Duran was transferred to another store in October 2019 and hoped her work environment would be better, but her supervisor called her “the tranny” when speaking to the plaintiff’s co-workers, the suit states.

A co-worker mockingly called Duran “dude” and “bro” and another inquired whether she wore thongs, took hormones and had male private parts, the suit states.

“Duran was very offended, uncomfortable and upset to be asked these questions,” the suit states.

Duran went on medical leave in January because of “severe anxiety, depression and distress over her treatment in her workplace,” according to the suit, which further alleges she has suffered wage losses and endured emotional distress because of the alleged conduct of the Sprouts co-workers and managers.

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