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|Trans woman fired illegally by Ga. legislature will begin receiving pay, benefits Monday|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 06, 2010 13:36|
Vandy Beth Glenn will begin receiving state pay and benefits on Monday, but she will not return to work at the Georgia General Assembly as part of an agreement reached today in her case.
Glenn, who was fired in 2007 from her job as a legislative editor after disclosing her plan to transition from male to female, won her federal lawsuit against the state legislature when a judge ruled July 2 she was illegally discriminated against when Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby fired her for being transgender.
Judge Richard Story, who ruled in favor of Glenn in the lawsuit, also ruled on Tuesday that Glenn must be reinstated to her job on Aug. 9. The defendants asked for a stay on her returning to work and today held a teleconference with the judge to discuss options.
“The parties came to an agreement that she would receive her salary and benefits [at the same amount she was paid three years ago] starting Monday [Aug. 9] but not return to work until the case is appealed and decided through the 11th Circuit Court,” said Gregory Nevins, attorney for Lambda Legal , who is representing Glenn in the suit.
The appeal by Brumby, represented by attorney Richard Sheinis, has not yet been filed, Nevins said. Before the appeal can be filed the two sides must come to an agreement on other outstanding issues, he explained.
“We have other unresolved issues to deal with first — an injunction against further discrimination, the issue of loss seniority, and training for Mr. Brumby,” Nevins said.
The training for Brumby would include sensitivity and diversity training.
Nevins said he expected these issues to be resolved by the end of this month.
Glenn was hired as a legislative editor in 2005 when she was living as a male, Glenn Morris. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder and informed her supervisor, Beth Yinger, of her intention to transition to female. Glenn presented Yinger with photographs of her as a woman and also gave Yinger educational materials about an employee transitioning in the workplace.
Yinger saw no problem with this news and gave the information to Brumby.
But when Glenn came to work dressed as a woman on Halloween in 2006 — when two other employees were dressed in costume — Brumby ordered her to go home because her attire was not appropriate. He then fired Glenn on Oct. 16, 2007, after learning she planned to transition.
Brumby stated during court depositions that the thought of someone with male sexual organs in women’s clothing was “unsettling” to him, was “something I don’t like to think about,” and was something he viewed as “unnatural.” Brumby also freely admitted he thought Georgia legislators would think Glenn’s presence at the Capitol would be “immoral.”
He also stated in depositions that keeping Glenn on the job “was inappropriate, that it would be disruptive, that some people would view it as a moral issue, and that it would make Glenn’s coworkers uncomfortable."
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