A transgender woman, Rachel Tudor has been first hired by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004 as a male employee and worked in the English Department on the position of tenure-track assistant professor. However, in 2007, she had passed a gender transition and became a woman. Tudor had notified the Oklahoma University that in the following academic year of 2007-2008 she would be presenting at work as a female worker. But institution’s authorities were not too happy with the university’s first openly transgender professor and made attempts to threaten the poor woman with job dismissal. After few years of bulling, clothing being policed and restricted access from using bathroom, Tudor had been denied tenure due to her gender. Despite the fact that the tenure committee voted in favor of giving transgender woman tenure, administration of the university has denied her application and refused her to re-apply. As a result, Rachel Tudor has been fired by the Oklahoma University in 2011.
Without wasting any time, discriminated transgender woman brought her case to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is a federal agency that deals with federal civil rights claims in the workplace. The agency concluded that Tudor had a valid claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and filed a law case to the Oklahoma City federal court. And finally, on November 20, 2017, he jury of six women and two men judged to award Rachel Tudor, a former English professor at Oklahoma State University, $1,165,000 in damages for the discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. “It’s a huge win not only for Dr. Tudor, but also for all trans employees who deserve the same opportunity to work hard, earn a living and contribute to society”, transgender rights activists commented the ruling.