A former officer with the Unified (UT) Police Department is suing his department for discrimination he says began when he came out as transgender and began transitioning to the opposite sex.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taylor Scruggs claims that when he came out as transgender and started physically transitioning, people around the office treated him differently, making snide comments about his clothes or how he looked, or ignoring him.
Eventually, the department fired him. Now he is suing the agency, alleging that the department discriminated against him for being transgender and did not provide him accommodations at work.
Scruggs' lawsuit also alleges that UPD's employee health insurance discriminates against transgender people by not providing coverage for surgeries to treat gender dysphoria. He is asking for his job back and for the department to do training and institute policies to accommodate its transgender and gender non-conforming employees.