Wisconsin residents may be interested to learn that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that the U.S. Army violated the civil rights of a transgender civilian employee working in Alabama. The decision was issued on April 1.
According to the complaint, which was filed in March 2012, a transgender woman who worked as a software quality assurance specialist at the Redstone Arsenal Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center near Huntsville experienced discrimination and harassment by superior officers when she began her transition from male to female 5 years ago. She alleged that officers referred to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, kept her from accessing the women's restroom and purposely outed her. She further alleges that, despite receiving high marks on her work performance, she was removed from her post at AMRDEC because other workers were uncomfortable.