Sunday, March 25, 2007

Largo city manager fired

The city of Largo, Fla., decided to fire the city manager they suspended after it became public that he was seeking a sex-change operation.

Most of 70 speakers at the six-hour meeting supported Stanton, but the council fired him anyway. They repeated that they were firing him not because he wanted the operation, but because they felt his announcement of his plans had undermined his ability to lead the city staff.

Maybe they're being truthful about that, although I'll note two things: perhaps they should give him a chance to lead the city for a while after coming out before concluding he couldn't; and the practical effect is the same: come out as a transgender, lose your job.

Weather prediction: 70% chance of a lawsuit.

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Blogger Chris Truscott said...

But nobody should have to testify under oath!

3/25/2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. Jillian Todd Weiss said...

I think your 70% prediction is about right. The question is how he's going to prove that their cited motive is a pretext for discrimination. I've analyzed that issue at my blog,

3/26/2007 5:04 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

Welcome, Jillian! The linked article is excellent.

3/26/2007 7:51 AM  

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