Case Study: Glenn V. Brumby

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a transgendered government employee was entitled to protection under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and could not be fired because of his or her gender non-conformity unless the government employer could demonstrate a "sufficiently important governmental purpose." Glenn v. Brumby, Nos. 10-14833 and 10-15015, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Dec. 6, 2011).

Factual Background

Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn, formerly known as Glenn Morrison, was born a biological male. She was diagnosed with "gender identity disorder" in 2005 and at that time, began taking steps to transition from male to female....

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