Telecommunications corporation AT&T is the first defendant under San Antonio, Texas’s new non-discrimination ordinance, which protects the rights of LGBT employees at the workplace.
According to the non-discrimination ordinance complaint filed on Tuesday, January 7 by openly gay attorney Justin Nichols on behalf of Matthew Hileman, Hileman was fired by the company after reporting a negative conversation that he heard in the office regarding transgender people and after being outed as a transgender individual.
San Antonio City Attorney Robbie Greenblum said an investigation will take place into the case, but also noted that AT&T probably won’t be subjected to a class-C misdemeanor, the highest offense for a city ordinance, nor a $500 fine. However, if worse comes to worst, terminating AT&T’s contract with the city can be considered, Greenblum said.
If you feel that you have been subject to discrimination in the workplace, there are things you can do to take action and stand up for your rights. Contact the Austin team at The Melton Law Firm, by calling (512) 330-0017 to learn more about what we are prepared to do to fight for you.