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Case Summary & History

Employment

Case: Stanton v. City of Largo

STATUS: Loss, Florida

NCLR represented Susan Stanton, who was threatened with termination from her longtime position as the City Manager for the City of Largo, Florida after her employer learned that she is transgender and will be undergoing sex reassignment. Despite Stanton’s 17 years of dedicated service to the City of Largo, the City Commission voted on February 28, 2007 to begin the legal process of firing Stanton, who informed the Commission that she is transgender after learning that a local newspaper was going to disclose the information to the public. Stanton received strong support from the Mayor and many residents of Largo, who did not want to lose a valuable city employee solely because of irrational bias. NCLR assisted Stanton in her efforts to educate the City Commissioners and to persuade them to retract their unlawful action. On March 23, 2007, after a six-hour public hearing, the City Commission voted to fire Stanton, despite the overwhelming support for Stanton shown by Largo residents who attended the hearing.

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