Transgender Woman Will Likely Get Her Job Back After Being Fired By Rebecca E. Neely As of Thursday, it appears that three federal appeals court judges are strongly leaning toward granting a legal victory to Vandy Beth Glenn. Glenn is a transgender woman, fired from her position as legislative editor at the Georgia General Assembly following her disclosure she would be making the transition from man to woman, according to the December 1st ajc.com article, “Court appears ready to hand legal victory to transgender woman”.
Per the article, Judges Rosemary Barkett and Bill Pryor stated that U.S. Supreme Court precedents seem to be in support of the finding from a lower court judge; Glenn had been sexually discriminated against. Pryor was quoted as saying to Richard Sheinis, an attorney representing the state of Georgia: “We have direct evidence of intentional discrimination, it seems to me. You can’t discriminate against someone because they don’t behave the way you expect them to behave because of their sex.” In addition, Barkett told Sheinis again and again she was unable to understand the basis for the state’s arguments. In 2010, U.S. District Judge Richard Story ruled Glenn had been discriminated against because of her sex. In that ruling, Story stated Glenn would be able to get her job back. However, pending the outcome of the state’s appeal, the decision was stayed. In October 2005, Glenn was hired as a legislative editor. At that time, she presented herself as a man, going by the name of Glenn Morrison. When, two years later, she informed the head of the Office of Legislative Counsel, Sewell Brumby, that she was planning the transition from man to woman, he fired Glenn.
Barkett was quoted as having said of Brumby: “No one complained but him,” in reference to the other members of the legislative counsel staff. Glenn was quoted as having said: “I felt it went very well. It took a long time to get here.” Gregory Nevins of the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund represented her. According to information at the organization’s website, Lambda Legal, founded in 1973, is the oldest and biggest national legal organization whose mission it is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people as well as those with HIV via impact litigation, education and policy work. The Georgia General Assembly, is Georgia’s representative government. It is one of the largest state legislatures in the nation. The General Assembly is made up of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 236 members of the General Assembly. Each serves for two year terms, and each is elected by their respective districts. The Georgia State Constitution vests all legislative power with the General Assembly, per information at the General Assembly’s website.
Published on Aug 23, 2012
As of Thursday, it appears that three federal appeals court judges are strongly leaning toward granting a legal victory to Vandy Beth Glenn.