HARTFORD, Conn. - A transgender Connecticut police officer fired last June has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation and wrongful termination.
Francesca Quaranta sued the city of Middletown, the mayor, the police chief and three police officers on Jan. 9 in Hartford Superior Court.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for lost wages, emotional distress and other reasons.
Quaranta says her law enforcement career began a long and harsh decline in 2012 after she announced she was transgender. She says she was subjected to repeated discrimination and harassment that ended with her firing.
Mayor Daniel Drew says Quaranta's firing wasn't discriminatory.
Drew says Quaranta failed a fitness for duty evaluation, refused to participate in a second evaluation and rejected the city's repeated attempts to return her to work.