Did Department of Justice Pressure Transgender Woman to Settle Housing Case?

Texas Transgender Woman - photo by David TaffetA transgender woman and her partner have settled a lawsuit alleging unfair housing practices by an Athens RV park owner. The Cedar Creek Lake-area couple say they are not happy with the settlement and that the Department of Justice pressured them to accept $4,000 to settle the suit.

The case was based on an Obama Administration interpretation of nondiscrimination law that includes the transgender community in the definition of gender discrimination.

Roxann Joganik and her partner, Darlina Anthony, charged that when George Toone took over the RV park they lived in, he evicted them because of Joganik’s gender identity. “The Department of Justice let down every transgender person across the U.S.,” Joganik said.

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