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Transgender Pacifica Woman Wins Big Equal Opportunity Employment Case

39-year-old Mia Macy was illegally denied employment at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives because of her gender status, a commission found.

 

A Pacifica woman won what supporters are calling a "game-changing" victory when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided that federal sex discrimination law protects workers who are discriminated against because they are transgender.

Mia Macy, a 39-year-old Pacifica resident who identifies as transgender, a veteran and a former police detective, was denied employment as a ballistics technician at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) in Walnut Creek last year, according to the Bay Area Reporter

She applied for the job when she was identifying as a man, but during the hiring process, she told the BATFE about a gender transition. They told her that funding for the position had been cut soon after. 

She said the loss of potential employment cost her her home to foreclosure.

The ruling by the commission, dated Friday but released Tuesday, found that Title VII, federal sex discrimination law, protects workers who are discriminated against based on the fact that they are transgender, according to the Reporter. 

"This decision isn't just for me," Macy said to reporters Tuesday. "It's good for me, but this is a door that's opening a little wider" for others who identify as transgender.

The complaint with the EEOC was filed by the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, on Macy's behalf. 

For more of the story, head to the Bay Area Reporter

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Zentrifugal April 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Congratulations! You are a soldier on the front lines of the civil rights movement. It takes so much courage to stand up for what is right and I am really inspired by your story. Transgendered people face so much discrimination in this society and it is such a shame. I wish you the best on the future. Know that there are others who support you and are in your corner.
Mia Macy April 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you so much for kind words
Richard Carlson April 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
As a Pacifica resident, I'm proud to have you as a member of the community. Your suit has brought attention to the difficulties women and men who have changed sex encounter through no fault of their own. It's sad when a person can't get past a change in one's appearence and see the much happier person inside. I know from dicussions with mant TG friends how hard it is to find a job. Most have to find entry level jobs, forgetting the years of training they have in other fields. It's a shame. I hope you get the job you want and find some peace in your life.

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