Lawmakers want trans suit dropped

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imageA trio of Georgia lawmakers wants a federal judge to drop a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who says she was fired after announcing her gender transition.

Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn argues she was fired from her position as a legislative editor last year when the lawmakers learned of her transition from male to female, according to Southern Voice. She named House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram), Senate President Pro-Tempore Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, lawyer Sewell Brumby and Robyn Underwood, the state’s legislative financial officer, in her lawsuit.

On Oct. 16, the lawmakers argued that Glenn did not state a claim for which relief can be granted.

“Asking this Court to determine if (Glenn) is similarly situated to other employees requires the Court to second guess the subjective, individualized assessments that are a part of any employment decision. It would make every decision by a government employer a constitutional matter,” the lawmakers’ attorney argued in the motion.

Filed in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit claims the state violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal protection, in part because firing Glenn disregarded her need to undergo gender transition as part of necessary treatment.

Photo: Matt Schafer, Southern Voice

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