Schuylkill woman settles transgender suit against Cabela's

'I'm in a good place. I don't have bad blood'

TILDEN TWP., Pa. - After a grueling few years for Kate Lynn Blatt, her lawsuit stemming from her job at Cabela's in Tilden Township has been settled.

"I'm still in utter disbelief over it," Blatt told WFMZ's Jim Vasil. "All I ever wanted was a job. All I ever wanted was to go to work and be treated like any normal person.

"I'm in a good place. I don't have bad blood," she added. 

She claimed Cabela's discriminated against her as a transgender woman. Blatt said when she worked at the store in 2006, she wasn't allowed to use the women's restroom, even after she changed her gender from male to female on her driver's license. 

This week, the suit, originally filed in 2014, was settled. Terms aren't being disclosed.

"I feel like the system worked for me," said Blatt. "Although it happened five times slower than I think it should have, I think in the end, the system came through for me."

The lawsuit comes to an end just as Cabela's completes its merger with Bass Pro Shops, and Blatt said she's not privy to any policy changes the company might make. She just hopes its inclusive.

Cabela's has not responded to 69 News's request for comment.

Meanwhile, Blatt has a message for transgender people who may going through a similar struggle:

"I would tell them the same thing I tell everybody. I only try to represent myself as an authentic person, as I thought I was. I never tried to do anything else other than be me," she said.

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