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Court Rules College Must Rehire Professor Fired for Being Trans

Court Rules College Must Rehire Professor Fired for Being Trans. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an Oklahoma college must rehire a professor who was fired for being transgender. Dr. Rachel Tudor was terminated from her position at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2011 after the school’s Vice President for Academic Affairs told the school’s HR department that her “lifestyle” offended him, according to the local news publication Tulsa World. Tudor had been working for the school since 2004 and came out as transgender in 2007. Two years before being fired, McMillan and another Dean denied Tudor tenure, despite the fact that she received a 4-1 vote in her favor from a faculty committee. Because she did not receive tenure, she lost her job. After a battle with lower courts, a district court on Monday ruled that the school must rehire Tudor. Tudor, who is also a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is excited to finally get back to work. In a statement to Tulsa World, she said she is “looking forward to being the first tenured Native American professor in her department in the 100-plus year history of the Native American-serving institution that is Southeastern Oklahoma State University.”

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