Connecticut City: No Bias Against Transgender Cop
An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment.
Middletown Officer Francesca Quaranta has alleged that while her colleagues were initially supportive, she began to face hostility from some and the treatment became so bad she went on paid leave. She filed a complaint last year with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, which is still pending.
Meanwhile, city human relations officials investigated and now say they found no evidence of discrimination.
"While officer Quaranta’s transgender transition is a new experience for her and the Middletown Police Department, it is believed that the department is handling her transition in a professional manner," Faith Jackson, the city’s human relations director, wrote in a letter to the mayor.
Mayor Daniel Drew said he and Police Chief William McKenna made it clear Quaranta was to receive equal treatment and supervising officers received training on the issue. The mayor said a sergeant also was given a 10-day unpaid suspension over a remark he made about her.
"We’ve taken this very seriously from day one and will continue to take it seriously," he said.
Quaranta said Thursday she disagrees with the city’s findings and was not surprised, saying officials want to protect the city from liability.