Diane Schroer wins case against Library of Congress' blatant transgender discrimination [video]

Posted by JD Uy
September 20, 2008 7:50 AM |

''It is especially gratifying that the court has ruled that discriminating against someone for transitioning is illegal. I knew all along that the 25 years of experience I gained defending our country didn't disappear when I transitioned, so it was hard to understand why I was being turned down for a job doing what I do best.''

Diane Shroer, a MTF transgender who just won her case against the Library of Congress. Eventhough she was highly qualified at the time, she was denied a position as a terrorism research analyst after having lunch with her potential supervisor and revealing that she would be making the final gender transition from male to female. (Washington Post)

''Schroer's case indeed rests on direct evidence, and compelling evidence, that the Library's hiring decision was infected by sex stereotypes.... She was well qualified for the job.''

Portion from US District Judge James Robertson's decision that the Library of Congress had violated the Civil Rights Act's prohibition against sex discrimination. It was argued by the LOC that transgender status is not covered under Federal protections, but the ACLU argued that Shroer's case fell under sex discrimination regulations. The Judge agreed. A hearing to determine what penalties will be levied or how Shroer will be compensated is to follow. (Washington Post)

''In refusing to hire Diane Schroer because her appearance and background did not comport with the decisionmaker's sex stereotypes about how men and women should act and appear, and in response to Schroer's decision to transition, legally, culturally, and physically, from male to female, the Library of Congress violated Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination.''

More from the US District Court of DC's ruling in favor of MTF transgender Diane Schroer. (The Hill)

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