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Transgender woman wins discrimination case

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Savanna DeLong lost three jobs after she began coming out as a transgender woman in late 2010.

But only in Columbus, where a 2008 ordinance added gender identity to local anti-discrimination laws, was she able to take a former employer to court.

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge H. William Pollitt Jr., levied a $1,000 fine yesterday against Columbus Hospitality Management for retaliating against DeLong and denying her work at the Capital Club, a private Downtown club.

It’s the first-ever case brought by city prosecutors against a Columbus business for discriminating against someone who’s transgender.

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