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Suit: Lawmakers discriminated when they fired transsexual

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Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn, a transgender former legislative editor in the Georgia General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Counsel, filed a discrimination lawsuit alleging she was fired after she told higher-ups she would begin coming to work as a woman.

The lawsuit names Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby, House Speaker Glenn Richardson, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Senate President Pro-Tem Eric Johnson.

She claims Brumby fired her in October 2007 “after confirming with her that she intended to undergo transition from male to female and to present herself as a woman in the workplace.” Brumby allegedly told her he thought co-workers would be uncomfortable and legislators would find it “immoral,” and that it couldn’t “happen appropriately” in the workplace.

Brumby said the lawsuit “is without merit and I’m not going to go into any other details than that.”

Glenn’s attorney, Cole Thaler, acknowledged that Georgia is an at-will employment state, which he said means employees “can be fired for a good reason, they can be fired for a bad reason or no reason at all. But they cannot be fired for an illegal reason.”

When asked if she was prepared to face the fallout from her suit, Glenn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “It has been said that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. I’m not exactly a man anymore, but I’m not going to do nothing.” 

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