A former worker for Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham is suing her office for allegedly firing her because she is transgender.
Riley Del Rey was an intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in 2015 when she claims multiple workers talked about her appearance, according to the Las Cruces Sun-Times. She claims a discussion about her gender identity later led to her dismissal three weeks into her internship.
Lujan Grisham was a supervisor of the program at the time Del Rey participated.
"Our office takes the rights of the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community very seriously, and we are dumbfounded by any suggestion that we would discriminate against anyone for any reason,"a spokesman for the congresswoman Gilbert Gallegos said to the Sun-News.