The Department of Justice under the Obama administration did not appeal the Schroer v Library of Congress ruling by the deadline of June 30, 2009. Last September Diane Schroer won her discrimination suit after a job offer was rescinded when she revealed her intentions to transition from male to female before her first day of work.
Schroer is a retired Army Special Forces colonel that worked at the Pentagon as the head of a classified anti-terrorism group; she was an ideal candidate for the Library's position of international terrorism analyst. Schroer interviewed for the job as David Schroer, before she began the process of transitioning. However, after she met with her new supervisor and revealed her intentions to transition the job offer was rescinded.
The Library of Congress was explicit that they fired Schroer because she is transgender, and the Bush administration argued that transgender individuals did not have protection against discrimination under federal law. Now, the uncontested Schroer victory will help to make legal headway for transgender individuals. In a statement from the ACLU, Schroer is quoted as saying, "I am grateful that the court took the time to examine the case in detail and come to a fair and unbiased decision. In that same light, I am gratified that the current administration saw this for what it was, a case of sex discrimination focused against transgender people, and recognized that it must end in this country. The important signal that the administration's decision sends to all LGBT individuals gives me renewed hope and restores some of my shaken faith in what our country stands for."
To read more about the case including legal documents, news, and to hear Schroer tell her story visit the ACLU
PHOTO: Diane Schroer; credit Tom Williams
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