A former Georgia fireplace chief, who was fired 18 months after she started coming to work as a girl, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit towards town of Byron.
Rachel Mosby led town’s fireplace division for 11 years earlier than her firing final summer time. The June 4, 2019 termination letter made no point out of her gender transition. As a substitute, it cited poor job efficiency.
“They didn’t need someone like me in that place, or any place with town,” Mosby advised The Related Press in a September interview.
Mosby claims that dropping her job not solely price her wages and retirement advantages, but additionally tarnished her fame. In her lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court docket in Macon, Mosby mentioned she was fired “primarily based on her intercourse, gender id, and notions of intercourse stereotyping.”
Byron, a small metropolis within the Bible Belt about 93 miles south of Atlanta, employed Mosby as its fireplace marshal in 2007. She was promoted to chief in January 2008 after town established its first skilled fireplace division.
Mosby began working as a girl in January 2018, greater than a 12 months after she started her medical transition.
Mosby spoke to WMAZ-TV about main town fireplace division as an overtly transgender lady a month earlier than her firing.
“What I’ve discovered is that allies and buddies have come from a few of the most sudden locations,” she mentioned on the time. “All people who is aware of me or has recognized me for a while says I’ve by no means appeared happier in my life.”
Mayor Michael Chidester advised the AP in an e mail Tuesday that he had not seen Mosby’s lawsuit. He denied her allegations that she was fired due to her transition.
“It has been the competition of the Metropolis since claims had been filed with the EEOC that such claims had and don’t have any foundation actually,” Chidester mentioned.
The U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee has handled LGBT-based job discrimination circumstances as unlawful intercourse discrimination since 2013, however Mosby’s lawsuit says the EEOC took no motion after reviewing a criticism she filed final 12 months with the company.
The U.S. Supreme Court docket is because of resolve whether or not firings and harassment primarily based on a employee’s sexual orientation or gender id qualify as intercourse discrimination below the Civil Rights Act.
The courtroom heard circumstances on that situation Oct. 8. Its ruling remains to be pending.
The Related Press contributed to this report.