Transgender worker sues Charlotte for job discrimination

City attorney says gov't won't take responsibility

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: February 12, 2009 in News

CHARLOTTE — A former city worker says she was fired due to her supervisor’s “gender stereotype” and has sued the City of Charlotte for job discrimination.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Anne Marie Clukey worked for the city for two years. She was fired in December 2006.

According to papers filed with the court, Clukey claims that her supervisor Karen King passed her over for a promotion and that she became “hostile” when she found out Clukey had undergone gender reassignment surgery.

City attorney Mac McCarley said the city will not take responsibility in the case. “Transgendered individuals do not have any rights under the federal employment discrimination laws,” he told the daily paper.

The City of Charlotte does not have employment policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender-identity.

See the Feb. 21 print issue for more in-depth story.