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Transgender woman awarded $1M in discrimination lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  A federal jury has awarded a transgender woman more than $1 million after finding Southeastern Oklahoma State University discriminated against her and wrongfully denied her tenure.

Jurors sided with former English professor Rachel Tudor on Monday, The Oklahoman newspaper reported. Her lawsuit alleged the university treated her differently than non-transgender professors, including by subjecting her to unfair rules about bathroom use and what she could wear on campus. 

Tudor also alleged the school's tenure committee voted in favor of granting her tenure when she applied during the 2009-2010 cycle, but administrators didn't follow the recommendation. The university later terminated her employment in 2011.

Coffey said Tudor was instructed to withdraw her application by administrators before the denial so she wouldn't be barred from reapplying later. But she didn't withdraw her portfolio and was later not allowed to reapply, according to testimony.

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