DC security guard arrested for blocking trans woman from using womens' restroom
'Security Guard using walkie-talkie' (Shutterstock)

A security guard was arrested on Wednesday after harassing a trans woman trying to use the womens' restroom inside a Washington D.C. grocery store, WRC-TV reported.


The unidentified guard was charged with simple assault after allegedly pushing the woman out of the bathroom inside the store, which is part of the Giant grocery chain.

The company released a statement saying it could not comment on the incident as it "involves a third party that provides security services for Giant."

While WRC reported that the guard in question is a man, WJLA-TV described them as a woman, saying that the guard is also being investigated for allegedly uttering a homophobic slur during the incident.

Giant was sued last year by Sam Melrath, a trans male employee in one of its Philadelphia stores, who said supervisors forced him to wear a low-cut t-shirt issued to female workers. Melrath resigned after a manager allegedly rejected his complaint regarding the shirt, telling him, "You get what you get, and you will like it."

Watch WRC's report, as aired on Wednesday, below.

[h/t The Daily Beast]