A federal judge in Atlanta has handed a legal victory to Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired from her job as legislative editor for the Georgia General Assembly after announcing she would transition from male to female.
In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Story ruled Glenn was subjected to sex discrimination. The judge also scheduled a July 13 hearing to determine what remedy should be granted to Glenn.
Glenn, who was born Glenn Morrison, was hired to work as editor of the state Office of Legislative Counsel in October 2005. Beginning the following year, she told supervisors she was transgender and was going to transition into becoming a woman. She was ultimately fired about two years later by state Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby, who is the only remaining defendant in her lawsuit.
Story, in a 50-page ruling, dismissed concerns that legislative leaders would lose confidence in the Office of Legislative Counsel if Glenn remained employed there. “[A]voiding the anticipated negative reactions of others cannot serve as a sufficient basis for discrimination and does not constitute an important government interest,” Story wrote.
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