NOTE: While this story has a happy ending, success is very hit-and-miss when using the Equal Protection Clause to cover gender identity and expression. The Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) is the only real way to ensure justice is done when discriminatory firings like this occur.
Judge Rules for Transgender Woman Fired by Georgia
By KATE BRUMBACK
A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of a transgender woman who was fired from her job as a legislative aide after telling her boss about her plans to transition. The judge ruled that the woman's firing violated her rights under the Equal Protection Clause.
ATLANTA—A federal judge has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who claimed she was fired after telling her boss she would come to work dressed as woman as she transitioned from man to woman.
U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story ruled Friday that Vandy Beth Glenn’s firing violated her constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause.
Glenn is a transgender woman formerly known as Glenn Morrison. She claimed that Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby fired her from her job as a legislative editor because the gender transition would make her colleagues feel uncomfortable and would be seen as “immoral” by Georgia lawmakers.
Brumby told The Associated Press Tuesday he had no comment on the ruling.