Transgender employee fired by state awaits ruling

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02/03/2011

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"Vandy Beth Glenn still has the box she packed more than three years ago after being told to empty out her office.

"Though the legislative editor -- hired as a man in 2005 and fired roughly two years later after informing a supervisor she was undergoing gender transition -- was reinstated last August, the box remains untouched.

On Tuesday, Glenn's attorneys filed papers in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, defending a lower court's ruling that their client was a victim of sexual harassment. U.S. District Judge Richard Story ordered Glenn be reinstated with full salary, benefits and seniority; she agreed to stay home pending the state's appeal.

"'It is clear Vandy Beth Glenn was fired because her boss didn’t like her as she is. That is unfair and illegal', said her attorney, Greg Nevins. 'The law is on our side here, but transgender employees are still vulnerable to sex discrimination from their employers who don’t understand it.'"

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