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Transgender Cop in Conn. Files Complaint

Police LightsNEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A transgender police officer has filed a complaint with a Connecticut agency alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity.

Francesca Quaranta says her Middletown colleagues were initially supportive, but she eventually began to face hostility from some and the situation became so bad she took paid leave. The 46-year-old is asking the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to investigate her claim of discrimination and harassment.

Mayor Dan Drew tells The Middletown Press the city is investigating Quaranta’s allegations. He said she’s a “great officer” who’s welcome back to work anytime.

Quaranta has been a Middletown police officer since 2004. She says, among other things, a lieutenant repeatedly referred to her as “Frank” and “him” and questioned whether she was fit for duty.