Transgender man's attorney responds
to city's letter on NDO complaint
QSanAntonio, February 14, 2014
The lawyer for a transgender man who filed a complaint using guidelines
from the city's new nondiscrimination ordinance says he's disappointed
by the city's response to the claim.
The man, Matthew Hileman, says that AT&T in San Antonio dismissed
him because of his gender identity. (See related story links at bottom
page.) His complaint was delivered on January 7 by his attorney, Justin
P. Nichols, to deputy city attorney Veronica M. Zertuche and a copy to
attorney Diego Pena at AT&T.
On February 10, Nichols received a response from Zertuche saying, ".
. . our office stands ready to respond to Hileman's complaint once we
are provided with results from an investigation conducted by Resource
Global Professionals, AT&T, the Equal Opportunity Commission or the
Texas Workforce Commission."
In an email to QSanAntonio, Nichols said, "We are disappointed the
city isn't taking a proactive role in conducting an investigation into
this matter, and appears to rely on the investigations of the businesses
involved in the complaint and other governmental entitles - all of which,
as I understand them, are separate and discrete from the city's NDO process."
Nichols responded to the city on February 12 saying in a letter, "For
all the efforts that went into passing the NDO, it appears to me, at least
thus far, the NDO has only paid lip service to a nice idea, but is toothless
when it comes to being applied . . ."
The response Nichols received from AT&T did not offer
much encouragement either. In a very brief email to Nichols, AT&T
attorney Pena wrote, "Since you and your client initiated this matter
with the City of San Antonio, my client will not formally respond unless
the City specifically asks for a response. Regarding your client’s
allegations, AT&T investigated and our investigation did not substantiate
Late Thursday afternoon, the city attorney's office reached out to Nichols
and offered to meet with him next Tuesday to discuss Hileman's case.
Below are copies of city's letter of response to Hileman's original claim
and Nichol's rejoinder to the city.
Matthew Hileman (Photo: Facebook)
man files complaint against AT&T for violation of NDO
QSanAntonio, January 7, 2014
A transgender man who was fired from AT&T in San Antonio is using
guidelines from the recently enacted nondiscrimination ordinance to file
a complaint with the city attorney's office claiming the company dismissed
him because of his gender identity.
from city on transgender man's NDO complaint
QSanAntonio, February 10, 2014
The attorney for a man fired from AT&T in San Antonio says he has
not received a response from either the city or AT&T on a complaint,
filed under guidelines from the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, that
alleges the man was fired because of his gender identity.
City won't enforce controversial gay rights law
WOAI Radio, February 10, 2014
Now that the cameras have stopped rolling and the supporters of the gay
and lesbian community have all written campaign checks, the lawyer for
the first person to file a complaint under the new expanded NDO says the
city was a lot more concerned about talking the talk than about walking
man files first NDO complaint, lawyer says
KENS5.com, January 8, 2014
A transgender man claims he feared for his life and left his job after
coworkers threatened him. Now he hopes the city's ordinance to protect
the LGBT community that was approved four months ago forces his former
employer do what he considers the right thing.