An employee at the U.S. Department of Labor has been fired for being transgender.
She was fired for not having transitioned into a female role in the workplace, according to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.
The memo was sent to the deputy director of the office for workplace issues, Karen Johnson, and was obtained by the Washington Post.
It describes a transgender employee who worked at a non-profit that promotes women’s health care as a senior advisor and then a part-time employee.
The memo also details an incident in which a transgender woman was removed from a meeting and accused of being a “sexist” and a “fag.”
The memo also notes that the woman’s gender identity was changed to female at the end of her employment at the nonprofit, but that the agency did not inform her of that change until she complained.
“We recognize the importance of ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse culture of this country, and that is why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been engaged in a broad, multi-year review of all workplace policies,” a spokesperson for Johnson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News on Thursday.
“Our policy for gender identity in the work place has changed over time to reflect the changing times, and we continue to take a look at our policies as they evolve.”
A Department of Justice spokesperson declined to comment on the employee’s case.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission declined to provide details on the individual’s gender, and it was not immediately clear how many employees had been fired, Johnson said.
The U.K. Department for Work and Pensions also did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed news’ request for comment.
The memo said that the transgender employee’s gender was changed from female to male after the workplace’s policy was changed in 2014.
She was then assigned to a female position and transferred to a new position, the memo said.
In the new position she was working, the policy states that the employee is allowed to use the female pronoun, which Johnson said is consistent with the organization’s gender policy.
“She has a male gender pronoun,” Johnson said of the new employee.
The woman was working for a nonprofit organization, which is a nonprofit that promotes health care and women’s empowerment.
The organization had a contract with the U,K.
government to provide health care for its employees and was paying her wages, Johnson added.
The group was also paid about $15,000 a year, according the memo.
The nonprofit had a total budget of $20 million.
Johnson said the group was aware of the transgender woman’s transition, but did not ask the agency to change the policy, which she said was standard practice in nonprofit organizations.
“We do not want to put anyone at risk,” she said.
“It’s not about gender, it’s about being treated with respect and dignity.”
Johnson said that she was aware that transgender individuals who have transitioned to become women or women of color are often discriminated against in their jobs, but she said the organization was “trying to find out the facts and figure out what happened.”