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University slapped with lawsuit after firing professor for having a sex change

By Mason White 2:25 PM July 14, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) The Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO), was slapped with a lawsuit for discrimination after allegedly firing an employee because she underwent a sex change, the Unites States Justice Department said.

According to the complaint filed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rachel Tudor began working for Southeastern as an Assistant Professor in 2004.

At the time, Tudor presented herself as a man. In 2007, Tudor, consistent with her gender identity, began to present herself as a woman at work.

Throughout her employment, Tudor performed her job well, and in 2009, she applied for a promotion to the tenured position of Associate Professor.

Southeastern’s administration denied her application, overruling the recommendations of her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department because of her sex change.

In 2010, Tudor filed complaints regarding the denial of her application for promotion and tenure.

Shortly thereafter, Southeastern refused to let Tudor re-apply for promotion and tenure despite Southeastern’s own policies permitting re-application.

At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, Southeastern and RUSO terminated Tudor’s employment because she had not obtained tenure.