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Transgender Woman Wins Discrimination Suit Against ATF

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A woman who was denied a job after ATF officials discovered she was transgender won a lawsuit this week in which she claimed she was the victim of unlawful discrimination, the Transgender Law Center reports.

Mia Macy, an experienced police detective who has worked with the ATF on ballistics, said she was denied the job because she was transgender.

Macy identified as a male at the beginning of the application process, but by the time of the hiring decision, she changed her name to Macy.

Under the decision, the ATF must offer Macy the position and provide back pay and benefits with interest.

“It’s a victory for all transgender people to know that we have a voice, that we have recourse, and that when it comes to workplace protections we deserve to make a living,” said Macy in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Column: Cutting FBI Agents’ Benefits Won’t solve the country’s fiscal crisis

Konrad Motyka/ticklethewire.com photo

Konrad Motyka is president of the FBI Agents Association

By Konrad Motyka
The Hill

Among the federal employees closely watching the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “Super-Committee”) negotiations are FBI Agents and other federal law enforcement officers. They are becoming increasingly alarmed by calls from some of our political leaders for drastic changes to the formula by which they contribute to their defined pension plans.

For some, attacking federal employees — “faceless bureaucrats” — in the debate over spending cuts offers an easy sound-bite and generates little opposition. However, when they do so, they are also attacking FBI Agents and other law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day.

Agent pay and benefits are not the cause of this country’s fiscal problems, and cutting these benefits would have minimal impact on reducing the deficit. However, federal employees like FBI Agents may be tempting targets because we don’t have the financial wherewithal to impact the Super-Committee’s negotiations with large political operations or active political action committees. Instead, we are working daily to protect this country by combating a wide array of crimes ranging from street gangs to mortgage fraud, and from foreign spy networks to anti-terrorism operations.

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