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A woman’s lawsuit against her former husband for wrongful termination alleges she was fired from a job because of her gender identity.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges in part that Michael “Joey” Neely Jr. forced his way out of a position as an attorney at a California law firm when she sought to work as a full-time domestic violence advocate in the state.
Neely Jr., the lawsuit states, made the move to become a full time domestic violence victim advocate after a violent episode in 2014 at his home in Sacramento, California.
The suit says Neely made a $10,000 advance toward his new employment with the firm, but the firm ultimately fired him in February 2019.
Nevin said the decision to fire Neely was based on the fact that he was not a full employee and that Neely is a transgender woman.
She said Neely has lived in the female gender since birth, and that she was forced to leave her job at the law firm after Neely attempted to file a gender identity discrimination complaint against the firm in 2017.
“When I got the job, it was very clear that I was a woman,” she said.
“It’s not that I wanted to be a woman or was looking to get married.
I had no choice.”
The lawsuit states Neely said he was fired because he didn’t want to take on the “heavy legal work” of the law office.
It says he had been the sole plaintiff in a case against his former wife, who is transgender, and her partner, who was married to Neely’s father.
In January 2019, the suit says, Neely moved to Los Angeles to begin a new job as a personal injury attorney, but that the firm was unable to find qualified attorneys to fill the position.
The lawsuit also alleges that Nevin sought to hire a lawyer to represent her, but he was told that he could not hire anyone until he signed an agreement that he would not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.
The settlement agreement, which was not made public, stated that Nilesa would be hired as a partner at the firm and would receive no benefits, including overtime, for working at the Los Angeles office.
Nilesa said she had hoped to move to Los Vegas, but when she learned of the settlement agreement in January 2020, she told her employer, the law firms attorneys, that she wanted to remain in Sacramento and focus on her work.
The law firm says Nilesan was offered the job at a lower salary than she was offered and was informed of her new job offer in February.
Nile said she asked the lawyers if she could be a part-time attorney at the Sacramento firm, and she was told the firm did not offer full-year representation.
Nilsa said in an interview she believes the settlement, which came after she filed her complaint in 2017, was a major factor in her dismissal.
“It was just a bad day for me, and for a lot of other transgender people who are also going through this, it is a bad decision,” she told the AP.
“The settlement was never about me.
It was just about making the law more accommodating.”
The suit is Niles’ second wrongful termination lawsuit involving her former partner, the first filing against Neely in February 2018.
Nilens suit claims that Nieles actions were motivated by jealousy and revenge after Nielas mother filed for divorce.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.NILES’ OWN SEXUAL HEALTH DISORDER”I was just shocked that this woman would get to be the victim of her partner’s wrongful actions,” Nils said.
I’ve never had any issues with my partner, and I never had issues with him.
I’ve never felt anything.
It’s been my whole life.
“The Associated Press is not naming the law offices attorney in the lawsuit because the suit does not name him.