Conn. city: No discrimination of transgender cop

Middletown police

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment.

The probe by Middletown came after Francesca Quaranta filed a complaint last year asking the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to investigate her claims of discrimination and harassment. That complaint is pending.

Quaranta says her colleagues were initially supportive, but she began to face hostility from some and the situation became so bad she took paid leave.

Mayor Daniel Drew says he and Police Chief William McKenna made clear from the beginning they expected Quaranta to receive equal treatment. Drew says a sergeant received a 10-day unpaid suspension over a remark he made about her.

Quaranta says she disagrees with the findings.

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