Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lesbian Colonel Sues Texas National Guard for Discrimination

Col. Cynthia Millonzi
Col. Cynthia Millonzi claims that she was denied a promotion and forced out because she is a lesbian. Millonzi was a full colonel (O-6) and also a GS14. She was the Director of Manpower and Personnel in the Texas Adjutant General’s Office. She had exemplary reviews.

Millonzi is a woman who had a great deal of authority and responsibility. The bottom line to all of this is that the Guard disapproved of her appearance in an LGBT publication. I expect her to win this suit unless the narrative is false.

At the beginning of September 2013 (in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Texas Adjutant General directed the Texas National Guard not to process ID Cards or any benefit applications for same-sex couples at state-run facilities. This order was conveyed directly and personally to Millonzi by a Brigadier General Hamilton. Millonzi claims that Hamilton said that he did not want anyone going to the press over the policy. Millonzi took that the mean her.

Millonzi served her country for almost thirty years as a member of the military and twenty-four years as a Federal Civil Service employee before the Texas National Guard forced her out of her Federal Civil Service civilian job for coming out as gay, being female, complaining about discrimination, and taking military leave.

About a month after Millonzi was featured in a magazine about coming out in the Texas National Guard, she was moved out of the Texas Adjutant General’s Office. Then she was not selected for a promotion that the Adjutant General had previously said she was “highly qualified” for. Within weeks of not being selected, she was investigated for fraud, waste, and abuse, involving taking military leave from her civilian job, and told she would be fired. Millonzi claims that the charges were manufactured against her. Hey, it's Texas.

She filed complaints with the National Guard’s Equal Employment Office alleging gender discrimination and retaliation for her civilian job, but they were rejected without any investigation occurring.

After a successful appeal, the Office of Federal Operations told the National Guard to reinstate her complaint. Then the Texas Adjutant General stepped in and kicked it out again. Left with no other choices she filed suit.

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