ACLU Welcomes Decision Not to Fight Discrimination Award

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The ACLU is calling an Obama administration
decision a "welcome sign" about its commitment to help end transgender discrimination.

The administration has decided not to fight a nearly half-million dollar judgment for a Library of Congress hiree who lost the job a day after disclosing plans to undergo a sex-change operation to become a woman.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Diane Schroer's behalf in 2005.

Schroer, who was offered the job when she was a man, says the move restores her "shaken faith in what our country stands for."

The Library of Congress and President George W. Bush's Justice
Department had argued unsuccessfully that discrimination becuase of
transsexuality is not prohibited by the Civil Rights Act.

President Barack Obama's Justice Department says the case was
dropped because the legal case was weak.


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