Friday, February 22, 2013

No Longer Employed - Discrimination, Defamation



I was terminated by my employer, Lowe's, last month. They said I was hurting myself in front of customers and being a danger to others. This was not true. I was scared, did not have a car, and was unable to go to a doctor. Two weeks later I was terminated for hurting myself. I was never asked to write a statement or fill out an incident report, which I always have been told I have to when something happens, even on the most minor things.

My employer said that I did it intentionally, only this time I did not. They kept talking and drilling into my head that I did, but that was not the case. There are plenty of inaccuracies, and the department manager even will say he did not see what was going on, was helping another customer, and has bad eyesight, which is girlfriend will attest to as well. He had to write a statement over it, and he was told yes he had to. This department manager, while he had been a friend, not more than 10 minutes before was talking to another department manager (I do have names) calling me a rat and other hurtful things.

I had went to ask him to please stop and ask why he was doing that at work. Keep in mind earlier that day my head was sore where I had bumped my head on my bathroom counter getting my hair straightener. This manager supposedly was a friend, but he lied on the statement about what happened, a statement I never was given the chance to write.

I had a combination lock from my locker in my hand, I had it in my apron and the weight was dragging it down so I was carrying it. Well he wouldn't talk to me and was ignoring me so I started to cry. I didn't want him to see or anyone else so I tried to cover my face and in the rush, the lock hit my forehead, right where it was knocked earlier by the shelf at home earlier. I started to feel dizzy and sick from that and crying, and grasping for a nearby shelf I lost my balance and my head slammed right into it, busting it open. There was blood all over. The department manager said I need to go back to my department, but then he saw the blood on my head and called for the manager.

After I cut myself after a write up in November, I had been receiving counseling and getting help, which they say I did not. I have documentation, as well as they do that I had been getting help, through services provided by my employer. While I had two incidents on my record, overall I had good attendance, good reviews, and a promotion in the almost three years I was there. My store manager always spoke highly of my customer service skills to management and other employees.

I have reason to believe it is in part due to my transition from male to female at work (transgender) and my mental instabilities from last year due to severe anxiety and depression. It seems that they are basing the recent incident on a past incident and I was termed by them automatically assuming I did it to myself on purpose. I feel so insulted and degraded. I worked the two weeks after the accident with no problems. 

During my termination, not much was said, but I did ask the store manager why I was not able to write a statement. He said it was because the department manager said I did. That raised a flag to me because this department manager has always said he would treat me as one of the guys, and that signals he doesn't approve of my transition so may have fabricated some aspects of the story as well.

The department manager, my former friend, said I was using a knife to hurt myself. Now you can imagine how damaging that would be. He certainly is not acting like my friend anymore, so I am assuming he is not. He immediately deleted me off of Facebook, and won't let his girlfriend have anything to do with me. His words spread throughout the store, causing irreparable damage to my friends and working relationships. I lost one of my close friends Trista I think because of it. Suddenly she will not talk to me or have anything to do with me.

I had also attempted to take a leave of absence over what happened in November, but I was confused by it. My HR refused to provide any meaningful help and kept referring me to the company intranet. I tried on my own several times but I just could not get it.

So I was called into the office and was told I was being separated for what happened. You know what though? I took it well. No. I took it awesome. I sat there, hardly said a word. Absorbed what little they said, called my friend to pick me up, and before I even left I had stopped crying. Made my quiet and surprisingly non escorted exit. It was bizarre, I never  had to sign anything. I asked why I never got to write a statement, and they claimed again I refused. Uh no, every time I asked I was told it was not needed. I was not going to argue though, they said one thing I knew another.

I have also been trying to get my head looked at. The HR will not respond to my requests for assistance. I have called and left emails without any response. If I go to the doctor, every time I tell them what happened, they will not see me without the Lowe's information on what happened. Since this happened I have had severe headaches on my forehead, and I have developed a fairly large scar. My beautiful forehead is ruined and no one seems to care.


Anyway, I have been having a few problems the last few weeks since the injury. It throbs and my head aches, which at first I attributed to just everyday things but it seems to emanate from the spot the shelf made contact. It gets so bad sometimes I feel nauseated and have to lie down. The wound has not healed very well either, despite my best efforts with antibiotic creams (such as generic Neosporin).


I went to,


First Med Urgent Clinic


805 W Covell Rd #200 Edmond, OK 73003
(405) 844-1633


They asked me what happened and where. I told them exactly as I told you. Then the clinic told me they could not see me unless I had the employer insurance information, not my personal insurance, which I tried to use, even asked "why can't I just use the last sliver of my own insurance?"

They said because I stated it was a workplace injury that I needed this information from Lowe's to be treated. They said something about comp and that Lowe's has it's own provider that is to be used. Since I had told them at happened at work they said they said they could not take my personal insurance or just take me as a general admin. I did not know what to say so I left.



I attempted to contact the assistant store manager who took the initial injury report at the store, after I was made aware of this. He stated he was not aware of aware of anything I had to give them. I have since tried to get a hold of my HR and even sent her an email but no response.

On the brightside, people thought I would go and hurt myself, I instead went and applied for over 70 positions with over 15 companies. I received 5 interviews so far.  Started two jobs the past two weeks. Even though it is a cut, I have a car now.

Yes I am devasted my surgery won't be this year. Yet here I am blogging along. So whatever. I am not the crazy, dumb, tranny they thought I was. I am a highly intellectual transwoman with the strength of a thousand and heart the size of planets (well mass wise, not size wise).

Never thought this would happen. Lowe's was supposed to be the one. Needless to say I have contacted the ACLU, EEOC, and the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and I encourage anyone else in a similar situation to do the same.

Also, if you are a current employee, do not take anything to Janet Gimlin. She flipped everything I said to her back on me.What else are you going to say when you fall and hit a shelf? Most people say "I hit my head on the shelf." When I said it that way she made it sound like I was confessing. Then she accused me of changing my story. No. I had to change my wording because she was using it against me, and not paying attention to what was really going on, nor taking to heart what I was saying.


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Old New

Some pics of the progress I have made 2006-2012. Not the best compared to others but I am getting there given my extremely limited finances.


















Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The following is my full statement on what happened and has occurred since my termination.

I was terminated by my employer on January 18th, 2013. They said I was hurting myself in front of customers and being a danger to others. This was not true. I was scared, did not have a car, and was unable to go to a doctor. Two weeks later I was terminated for hurting myself. I was never asked to write a statement or fill out an incident report, which I always have been told I have to when something happens, even on the most minor things.

My employer said that I did it intentionally, only this time I did not. They kept talking and drilling into my head that I did, but that was not the case. There are plenty of inaccuracies, and the department manager Brandon Hare has even will say he did not see what was going on, was helping another customer, and has bad eyesight, which his girlfriend, who also works in the store, Ashley Vanhorn, will attest to as well.

Brandon Hare had to write a statement over it, and he was told yes he had to. This department manager, while he had been a friend, not more than 10 minutes before was talking to another department manager, Coleman Hillhouse, calling me a rat and other hurtful things. I had gone to ask him to please stop and ask why he was doing that at work. Keep in mind earlier that day my head was sore where I had bumped my head on my bathroom counter getting my hair straightener.

I had the combination lock from my locker in my hand, I had it in my apron and the weight was dragging it down so I was carrying it. Well he wouldn’t talk to me and was ignoring me so I started to cry. I didn’t want him to see or anyone else so I tried to cover my face and in the rush and underestimating my strength, the lock hit against my forehead, right where I hit it earlier in the bathroom. I started to feel dizzy and sick from that and crying, and grasping for a nearby shelf I lost my balance and slammed my head right into it, busting it open. There was blood all over. The department manager said I need to go back to my department, but then he saw the blood on my head and called for the manager.

After I cut myself after a writeup in November, I had been receiving counseling and getting help, which they say I did not. I have documentation, as well as they do that I had been getting help, through services provided by my employer. While I had two incidents on my record, overall I had good attendance, good reviews, and a promotion in the almost three years I was there. My store manager always spoke highly of my customer service skills to management and other employees. They have been aware that I have severe anxiety and depression issues stemming from transition, and my HR Erin Ledesma, has stated numerous times it may be due to my hormone levels.

I have reason to believe it is in part due to my transition from male to female at work (transgender) and my mental instabilities from last year due to severe anxiety and depression. It seems that they are basing the recent incident on a past incident and I was termed by them automatically am assuming I did it to myself on purpose. I feel so insulted and degraded. I worked the two weeks after the accident with no problems.
During my termination, not much was said, but I did ask the store manager why I was not able to write a statement. He said it was because the department manager did. That raised a flag to me because this department manager has always said he would treat me as one of the guys, and that signals he doesn’t approve of my transition so he may have fabricated some aspects of the story as well.

I had also attempted to take a leave of absence over what happened in November, but I was confused by it. My HR refused to provide any meaningful help and kept referring me to the company intranet. I tried on my own several times but I just could not get it.

I should also mention not more than two weeks before, a coworker named Ian Andrews was suffered a head injury after falling off a ladder. Even though I had not seen the whole thing, I was still required to write a statement by the assistant store manager, Jennifer Houghtlin.

Anyway, I have been having a few problems the last few weeks since the injury. It throbs and my head aches, which at first I attributed to just everyday things but it seems to emanate from the spot the shelf made contact. It gets so bad sometimes I feel nauseated and have to lie down. The wound has not healed very well either, despite my best efforts with antibiotic creams (such as generic Neosporin).

I went to,

First Med Urgent Clinic
805 W Covell Rd #200 Edmond, OK 73003(405) 844-1633

They asked me what happened and where. I told them exactly as I told you. Then the clinic told me they could not see me unless I had the Lowe's insurance information, not my personal Lowe's insurance, which I tried to use, even asked "why can't I just use the last sliver of my own insurance?"

They said because I stated it was a workplace injury that I needed this information from Lowe's to be treated. They said something about comp and that Lowe's has it's own provider that is to be used. Since I had told them at happened at work they said they said they could not take my personal insurance or just take me as a general admin. I did not know what to say so I left.

I attempted to contact Steven Elliot the assistant store manager and the manager who took the initial injury report at the store, after I was made aware of this. He stated he was not aware of aware of anything I had to give them. I have since tried to get a hold of Erin my HRand even sent her an email but nothing.

Not sure what to do. I know your bound by policies and certain things but please advise if you can.

Thank you for your time.

Corrie Kasal
(405) 517-4290

Looking for a Car

Recent situations have unfortunately forced my hand and I must get a car. Oklahoma and surround would be most easiest.

I can only spend around $2,000. Out of respect for me please don't try more. It is the best I can do right now.

I understand for $2,000 it won't be anything great or fancy. While I prefer a Honda or some high gas mileage  car, anything that someone can honestly say will work for at least a year is fine by me.

I will be using it primarily for work and school. Roughly 20-30 miles daily. Hopefully less but that is what it is looking like right now.

If you see anything, or have anything that would be beneficial please contact me. I will only pay cash up front, title in your hand, no ifs, ands or buts, and either a mechanic friend of mine or my mechanical father will check out the vehicle. No scammers. Really. I've had a hard life to and I know it is not easy, but be honest you will go a lot further.


If my life and dreams were a tv show, it’d be Doctor Who

Wrote this a few years ago but came across it and it is still very true. Gosh do I adore David Tennant :)

So the last blog got me thinking about my dreams, and then I saw an episode of doctor who, and with a great sense of deja vu, I figured out pieces of my life and dreams share similiarities to the character, even though I had these way before I saw the show.

Obviously the main comparison is time travel. As many know it has always been a central point of my imagination, I've read countless books, watched movies, tv shows, if it involves time travel I know about it. Even when I was twelve I was learning about Quantum theory, Paradoxes, Space-Time curvatures, stuff that even then I understood. In the Doctor Who universe, the Doctor is a timelord, last of his kind, and with my old fashioness and unique thought process, sometimes I feel the same way.With time in his blood, he travels in the Tardis, throught the past, present, and future, righting wrongs and saving the day.

Literally in my dreams I've done this, absolutely consicious of it. Though the doctor goes around fixing problems on earth and in the universe, I go back and fix problems in my past, often making for very uncomfortable realities when I wake up. 

Falling under that, many episodes deal with the Doctor ending up in certain historical events in Earth's history. From Shakespeare to Ancient Rome, in fiction the doctors been there, done that. How amazing would it be to talk to Caesar about government, or Galileo about the universe, or Davinci about art and machines? People not tainted by the modern world, but ones who have built the foundation for it, and all we know today?

Of course the Doctor always has a companion at his side, to keep him in line and on the good side. The only part I'm missing, for now anyways. The comparison here is that when that happens, I do want someone that will be willing to travel anywhere (within reason of course), virtually on a whim (which of course in financial limits.) Hey honey we're both off this weekend, lets go see the pyramids! 

Minorly it generally takes place in London, England, and of course everyone has british accents. I absolutely adore it. I know it's not perfect there either, but I always have envisioned Great Britain as a higher class america, with a great sense of culture, and a rich history. 

Of course this is all a tv show, science fiction at it's finest, but it really is worth watching. Closest I get without sleeping, and like I mentioned last month, worth keeping cable for in combination with the history channel (though I did watch a roosevelt special on oeta today, pretty good). Anyway tune into scifi channel and watch!