put through first test in complaint against AT&T
Texas Public Radio, May 15, 2014
AT&T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations
made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers.
The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial
non-discrimination ordinance revision.
Transgender man submits documentation
for NDO complaint against AT&T
QSanAntonio, April 10, 2014
Last January, a transgender man, citing guidelines from the city's recently
enacted nondiscrimination ordinance, filed a complaint with the city attorney's
office claiming that AT&T dismissed him because of his gender identity.
On May 7, after weeks of back and forth with the city on procedural technicalities,
Matthew Hileman has now submitted "formal documentation" in
support of his claim.
The nondiscrimination ordinance
added LGBT protections for city employees and employees of companies that
do business with the city.
Hileman began working for Resource Global Professions (RGP) in May of
2013 providing information consulting services to AT&T. His work was
performed exclusively at the AT&T facility on North St. Mary's Street.
It was a bumpy road for Hileman at AT&T. While at work he overheard
fellow employees say they would use violence if they found a trans person
in the restroom, he was outed to his co-workers and he came to work one
day to find a sign on his chair that had a "no fags" symbol
When he reported these things to his supervisors, he was asked to not
come to work until his claims could be verified. He was never asked to
In February, Hileman's attorney, Justin Nichols, received a response to
Hileman's complaint from Deputy City Attorney Veronica M. 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."
At the time, Nichols said in a statement, "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."
Hilemand did not have to wait long to hear from AT&T. Nichols received
an email from AT&T attorney Diego Pena that said, "Regarding
your client’s allegations, AT&T investigated and our investigation
did not substantiate his claims."
In a subsequent meeting with the City Attorney's office, Nichols was told
that Hileman's claim, which was filed in a letter, was not a formal complaint
and had to be backed up by documentation for the city to accept the complaint.
In documentation filed with the city this week, Hileman provided an affidavit
in support of his complaint with 10 exhibits including copies of emails
from AT&T and RGP management and a copy of his complaint with the
Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
In a letter to Zertuche enclosed with Hileman's documents, Nichols writes:
"It’s Mr. Hileman’s intent to continue pursuing these
complaints with your office and the relevant regulatory agencies (and
judicial departments, if it becomes necessary) until AT&T and RGP
step up to the plate, address the issues raised by Mr. Hileman, and the
parties reach a resolution which is amicable to all involved. My client
wants to be clear to everyone involved – he’s not going away
until this matter is address and a solution is reached."
The biggest problem for Hileman and his attorney is that the city is still
in the process of establishing a procedure for handling complaints under
the nondiscrimination ordinance. This is the first complaint filed since
it was approved by the City Council last September.
San Antonio City Attorney Robbie Greenblum acknowledges the NDO's lack
of procedural structure. On February 21, he told the Dallas Voice:
“The mechanics of exactly how that (the NDO) works is still being
refined and developed, but I can tell you I will be working with Mr. Hileman
to supplement his complaint with sworn statements and supporting documentation,
which will be necessary in the forthcoming EEOC complaint anyway. To sum
it up, I believe the city wants to work towards a positive resolution.
Whether AT&T steps up to the plate remains to be seen.”
At press time, Nichols told QSanAntonio that Zertuche has set up a meeting
next week to discuss Hileman's claim.
Matthew Hileman (Photo: Facebook)
LGBT NDO complaint filed, questions over process arise
San Antonio Current, May 14, 2014
Eight months following the passage of the long-debated LGBT non-discrimination
ordinance, the city has received its first complaint, according to an
affidavit obtained by Texas Public Radio.
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.
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.
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.