Because freedom can't protect itself
During the nine months after transitioning, the excellent above par, Superior comments disappeared; replaced by not being a team member, not willing to work with anyone, to even not being invited to meetings I was once a part of. I should note this was not for all of the personnel, for there were a great deal of coworkers whom were supportive, and others who saw the courage it took to do this and my behavior, values and ethics, worked to change their attitude and not only accept me, but call me their friend. For them I am eternally thankful.
The next instance seemed to be being set up for failure by the group supervisor, and the upper management. As I had done in years prior I lead Quality driven events at Contractor locations to ensure quality items, only to have them take at least 2 personnel from each away trip for at least a day for their own agenda, and informed no one, or usurped the lead position to tell me I was there to support the Contractors in our office, and that was my job, instead of coordinating and leading the effort.
Other items included the team I worked on having off-site meeting where I was not invited and not only did the supervisor condone harassment, derogatory remarks, and find even the smallest thing to bring to management for complaints, he not only encouraged it he initiated, and took part in it, both with his team and with one of the Prime businesses that we had contracted to work with to support our troops. This resulted in snide remarks, snickers, and hostility which resulted in my removal from that office ten months after transitioning there.
Upon my return to the Agency I came from, I was given little or no tasking, and things I had done unsupervised or as a lead were no longer a lead, but a menial series of tasks, that either no one wanted to do, did not have time to do, or did not want to do. All tasks I performed were done under supervision, met with extreme criticism, review of efforts, and no support, with greater allowances and excuses for those whom chose not to respond until past the deadline. Reviews of completed work often came weeks or months after the completion of the task and always seemed to have to be redone, when they same formats and data of the reports had received comments like innovative, excellent work, or superior technical analysis.
I have seen where the Department of Labor and EEOC states there is no discrimination based upon gender identity but there is no regulation or Code of Federal Regulation to back that up. There are several executive orders and court cases, as well as the Office of Personnel Management; there is little of no specific training on LGBT, unless you wish to count the umbrella term “Diversity”, no training clearly spells this out. Take this coupled with the statement on USA Jobs, there is a gap the size of the Marianas trench on actual policy, which leads a great deal of discriminatory practices, it is no wonder the employees can do or say what they want.
There have been no changes to the health insurance, they still discriminate, on surgery, hormones, and counseling, they say they will provide you with a “CARRY” letter that the insurance co must accept required testing if that part of your other gender is present, and treat you as your new gender. It does not work, they have refused to pay for many visits and tests, stating that is because I am transgender. Other circumstances can only compare the mindset pre civil rights or women’s suffrage, to utilize as a comparison.
Even the Lawyer representing the Agency referred to me as he, she, it, madam, Miss, Sir, Mister, even stating well have you had the final surgery. She even on record stated this was her first case like this, she had no prior experience, and no guidance since I was the first transgendered person she had ever met or had to work on the complaint with.
The impact to me has been devastating professionally, but I am a strong person and look for the blessings each day of being on this journey.
The Employment Equal Opportunity office investigation against the harassment and hostile work environment have no results over a year and a half after the incident occurred, and the Federal EEOC investigation against the Business contracted to perform work, and does have a non-discrimination policy for LGBT, and even the Office of Special Council for the federal government have yet to resolve any portion(s) of the complaints, all is still on-going, and the EEO is now approaching 300 days and there is no word on the status, there has been a fact finding, there has not been any other guidance, and the Investigator in the Fact Finding allowed his bigoted prejudicial item to be shown , and even after asking questions to the management, and managements witnesses limited, restricted and censored the same comments from the witness we provided.
What about the fact the Commission on civil rights addressed congress last week regarding the issue of rape and sexual assault in the military. Will all the victims finally get their justice?!
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