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Friday, November 7, 2014

NDO News: Complainant Can Depose AT&T Employees

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

click image Matthew Hileman filed the first complaint under San Antonio's amended non-discrimination ordinance. - MARK REAGAN
  • Mark Reagan
  • Matthew Hileman filed the first complaint under San Antonio's amended non-discrimination ordinance.

Matthew Hileman secured another win in an uphill battle he is weighing against mega-corporation AT&T.

Hileman's attorney, Justin Nichols, said a Bexar County judge gave the green light Wednesday for depositions of Hileman's former manager at AT&T and two employees Hileman accuses of making threatening and discriminatory remarks about transgender people.

"The parties are currently working to select dates and locations for the depositions, but it's unclear whether AT&T plans to appeal the judge's ruling," Nichols said in a statement.

Hileman is the first person to filed a complaint under the non-discrimination ordinance San Antonio City Council amended in 2013 to include protections for gender identity and sexual orientation.

Most recently, the Texas Attorney General ruled that AT&T had to release an audio recording of the alleged discriminatory comments to media organizations that requested the tapes.

The City of San Antonio appealed the request and AT&T also submitted arguments against releasing the audio.

Critics of the amended non-discrimination ordinance, including Nichols, say the law has no enforcement mechanism.

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