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Middletown, Conn., fires transgender officer who claimed discrimination

Monday, June 30, 2014
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Drew also said Quaranta failed to report her DUI arrest in December to her superiors as required, but Quaranta insists she did inform a supervisor within 48 hours and denies the DUI allegation.

Former Middletown Police Officer Francesca Quaranta in her Newington, Conn., home on June 16,  2014. Middletown's mayor Daniel Drew fired the transgender police officer, who had complained of discrimination. Catherine Avalone, The Middletown Press (AP)

Former Middletown Police Officer Francesca Quaranta in her Newington, Conn., home on June 16, 2014.

Quaranta said there were several instances of discrimination and harassment and accused the city’s investigation of not looking into many of her allegations. She filed a complaint last year with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities that is still pending.

She said a lieutenant and two sergeants once talked about their thoughts on her performing sex acts with men. She said she was ordered to remove her earrings even though female officers were allowed to wear them.

Quaranta said she was initially allowed to wear a wig but was later told it was not in compliance with policy and she was disciplined in writing. And she said she faced more scrutiny of her work performance.

The city improperly denied medical insurance coverage for a surgical procedure, Quaranta said. She also said she cannot afford her hormone drugs any longer because she has lost her health coverage. She also accused the city of letting her certification as a police officer expire.

Quaranta said a doctor for the city determined she suffered anxiety, depression and paranoia and deemed her unfit to return to duty. She said her own therapist agreed that she has anxiety and depression but not paranoia, and her therapist said she should be discharged on a disability pension, for which she has applied.

“What this city has done to me is not only awful and disgusting, it violates the laws that protect my rights as a human being,” she wrote in a letter to Drew. “It will be handled through the court system and I have no doubt that they will feel the same way.”

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