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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 his claims."

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.

Transgender 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.

No response 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.

Attorney: 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 the walk.

Transgender 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.