Inside Higher Ed
March 31st, 2015
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sued
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, charging that it denied tenure
to Rachel Tudor, effectively firing her in 2011, over her identity as a
The suit is a strong federal endorsement of the idea that transgender status can be a cause for illegal discrimination.
Tudor was hired in 2004, at the time identifying as a man. In 2007,
she started to present herself as a woman. The Justice Department
lawsuit outlines a series of issues that point to discrimination against
her in a tenure bid.