News (USA)

Fired transgender Connecticut police officer sues for discrimination

Fired transgender Connecticut police officer sues for discrimination

HARTFORD, Conn. — A transgender Connecticut police officer fired last June has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation and wrongful termination.

Francesca Quaranta
Francesca Quaranta

Francesca Quaranta sued the city of Middletown, the mayor, the police chief and three police officers on Jan. 9 in Hartford Superior Court.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for lost wages, emotional distress and other reasons.

Quaranta says her law enforcement career began a long and harsh decline in 2012 after she announced she was transgender. She says she was subjected to repeated discrimination and harassment that ended with her firing.

Mayor Daniel Drew says Quaranta’s firing wasn’t discriminatory.

Drew says Quaranta failed a fitness for duty evaluation, refused to participate in a second evaluation and rejected the city’s repeated attempts to return her to work.

© 2015, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

Anderson Cooper responds to pastor’s ‘gay agenda’ critique

Previous article

Judge puts N.D. same-sex marriage case on hold for Supreme Court ruling

Next article