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By Charlotte Robinson, October 17, 2017
In the days following the Department of Justice announcing Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will no longer protect transgender workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ended their three-year investigation into the 2014 removal without cause of openly transgender John F. Kennedy University Professor, Erica E. Anderson, Ph. D from her position as Uber Chair of Graduate Psychology at the University. Anderson’s attorneys are preparing filings in State & Federal Courts in California against JFK University & the National University System for employment discrimination & retaliation. On November 4th 2014, Dr. Anderson was removed from her position at John F. Kennedy University as Uber Chair of Graduate Psychology without warning or cause. Efforts to immediately challenge & correct her removal, brought by Dr. Anderson’s attorney, did not yield immediate results. In January 2015, Dr. Anderson filed an employment discrimination claim against the University & its parent, the National University System, with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), based on her being a transgendered woman over the age of 50. The assigned investigator encouraged the EEOC complaint until the Department of Justice under the Trump Administration recently changed its workplace discrimination policies as they related to our trans community. In 2012 Dr. Anderson became the first openly transgender faculty member at the school when she came out during the hiring process, making the university fully aware of her identity. After her arrival at the university she distinguished herself by leading the effort to restore full APA (American Psychological Association) Accreditation for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, which was on probation at the time of her hiring. She is currently the chairperson at Joan’s House a 501(c)3 non-profit that will soon be providing transitional housing & support for women & transgender individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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