Apr 30, 2009

Transgender Veteran Awarded Nearly $500,000 in Discrimination Suit

Just a quick followup on an earlier post here about Diane Schroer, the former Army commander who won a lawsuit last October against the Library of Congress for employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Yesterday, a judge awarded her $491,190 in back pay and damages.

In an LA Times article, Schroer said she was "happy with the judgment but more importantly that the judge recognized her treatment as job discrimination", linking the high rates of underemployment for transgendered individuals to the continued acceptance of discrimination against them in society. What makes this ruling especially significant? According to the ACLU, this is the first time a federal judge has affirmed that it's a violation of federal law to discriminate against someone for changing genders.

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