*Rosario Dawson and members of her family are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a transgender man, who has accused them of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespass, according to filed court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Dedrek Finley, a former employee of the Dawson family, filed a suit that alleges the actress and three of her family members violated his civil rights by “discriminating against him for his transgender status,” NBC News reports.
Finley, 55, says in the docs that he began working for the family in 2017 as a repairman around the house, and at some point he came out as transgender. According to the suit, the family “misgendered him multiple times each day, with deliberate indifference as to the appropriate way to address Mr. Finley.”
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The 40-year-old actress “acted with deliberate indifference and did nothing to correct the situation.” She also told him that he’s “a grown woman,” whenever he complained about the situation.
Finley says the microaggressions eventually resulted in assault in 2018, when he was attacked by Rosario’s mother and her daughter.
“Once Mr. Finley was lying helpless on the ground outside, Isabel, who is substantially larger than Mr. Finley, got on top of Mr. Finley’s body and began punching him,” the suit reads. “While beating Mr. Finley, Isabel screamed, ‘You’re not so much of a man now,’ which was a clear and denigrating reference to Mr. Finley’s gender identity.”
Rosario allegedly “actively restrained” Finley by sitting on top of him, allowing her mother to further assault him. Once he was able to break free, he called police, and a day after the attack, Finley was granted a restraining order against Dawson’s mother.
“When he came out to California and decided to come out to them as a transgender man, that’s when things started going south,” Tasha Alyssa Hill, Finley’s lawyer, told NBC News. “He just wants to get some sort of compensation, so he can get back on track with his life so he can put this incident behind him.”
Finley is seeking damages and trial by jury.