Support Local Journalism. Donate to San Antonio Current.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NDO News: AG Rules Against San Antonio

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Matthew Hileman speaks to media after mediation talks with AT&T fell apart. - MARK REAGAN
  • Mark Reagan
  • Matthew Hileman speaks to media after mediation talks with AT&T fell apart.

The Texas Attorney General's Office ruled against San Antonio in an open records request related to the first case brought under the City's amended non-discrimination ordinance.

In response to an open records request by local media for recordings and other documents related to Matthew Hileman, who filed the first complaint under the NDO alleging AT&T discriminated against him because he is transgender, the City of San Antonio appealed to the Attorney General's Office. AT&T also submitted arguments opposing release of the requested information, which includes an audio tape of two alleged AT&T employees making disparaging remarks against transgender people.

"Needless to say, Mr. Hileman is thrilled the attorney general ruled in favor of transparency–which is essential to effective administration of the NDO. To date AT&T has dismissed the recordings as illegally obtained, and therefore irrelevant; but, the AG’s ruling demonstrates AT&T has not made the case to support its arguments, and the recordings should be released to the public. We call on AT&T to finally address the substance of the recordings, and to stop trying to shield its employees from their homo/transphobic comments," Hileman's attorney Justin Nichols said in an emailed statement.

The City and AT&T had multiple objections to the release of the info, and argued that the recordings were obtained illegally.

Most recently, mediation between Hileman and AT&T fell apart and AT&T has asked San Antonio to dismiss Hileman's complaint.

While most of the info will be released, some attorney-client privilege may be withheld. 

Read the opinion here:

Atty_General_Decision_[W029617_and_W029982] (1) (1)

Tags: , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 8, 2020


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation