DOJ is suing SE Oklahoma University for firing a transgender professor
Transgender professor Rachel Tudor lost her job at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2011 despite every indication that she should have been tenured.
Tudor was given the Faculty Senate Recognition Award for Excellence in Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year and was fired in May 2011 for failing to obtain tenure.
In a 2011 the Dallas Voice reported that Douglas N. McMillan, interim vice president for academic affairs reportedly said that Tudor’s “lifestyle” offends his Baptist beliefs.
Source The Washington Post. The lawsuit alleges that a human resources staffer, who was not named, called Tudor and warned her that the school’s vice president for academic affairs, Douglas McMillan, had asked whether Tudor could be fired because the “transgender lifestyle” offended his religious beliefs.
Jane McMillan, director of the university’s counseling center and Douglas McMillan’s sister, told Tudor to be careful because some people were openly hostile to transgender people, and that Douglas McMillan considered them a “grave offense to his [religious] sensibilities,” the lawsuit says.
Tudor’s application for tenure was denied by a dean and McMillan without any reason given, the lawsuit claims, unlike an application by a male faculty member in the English department at the same time who was given guidance on how to improve his ultimately successful application.
Tudor filed a federal discrimination complaint A petition to reinstate her gathered 4,000 signatures.