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Susan:
Court passes on transsexual discrimination
By GINA HOLLAND
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
The Seattle Post Intelligencer

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider shielding employers from discrimination lawsuits by transsexuals, dodging a workplace rights fight. The court's refusal to intervene leaves in place a victory for Cincinnati Officer Philecia Barnes, who was born Phillip Barnes. A federal appeals court upheld a jury's finding that Barnes was a victim of discrimination, under a federal civil rights law. The city had been ordered to pay the officer $320,000, and pay another $550,000 in attorney fees. Barnes, a 24-year veteran of the Cincinnati police force, dressed as a man at work but a woman during off-hours in 1999 when the officer was demoted. Barnes sometimes wore makeup to work and had manicured nails. Richard Ganulin, one of the city attorneys, told justices that employers should be protected from discrimination lawsuits based on "transsexual and homosexual characteristics." The city maintains the demotion was for professional reasons.... [Read More]

Chaunte:
A good first step towards national protection.  Protection today.  Acceptance tomorrow?

Chaunte

Shelley:
Unfortunately Chaunte,

It is more likely to be the day after or later.

Shelley

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