Friday, December 12, 2014

NDO News: AT&T Appeals Deposition Order

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

click image This is Matthew Hileman. He filed the first complaint under San Antonio's amended non-discrimination ordinance, which provides protections for gender identity and sexual orientation. - MARK REAGAN
  • Mark Reagan
  • This is Matthew Hileman. He filed the first complaint under San Antonio's amended non-discrimination ordinance, which provides protections for gender identity and sexual orientation.

AT&T does not want three of its employees deposed by an attorney representing a transgender man who filed the first complaint under San Antonio's amended non-discrimination ordinance.

In early November, a Bexar County judge ruled that Matthew Hileman's attorney, Justin P. Nichols, can depose two employees Hileman accuses of making threatening and disparaging remarks against transgender people. The order included Hielman's former manager, too.

And on Thursday, the Fourth Court of Appeals granted AT&T an emergency stay, halting the depositions, which were scheduled for next week. AT&T appealed on Wednesday. Nichols said he has until December 29 to file an answer to the appeal.

In October, the Texas Attorney General ruled that San Antonio had to release an audio recording of the alleged discriminatory comments to media organizations that requested the tapes. The City of San Antonio had appealed the open record requests and AT&T also submitted arguments against releasing the audio.

In September, mediation between Hileman and AT&T broke down.




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