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Montgomery County Staffer Alleges Discrimination

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

A Montgomery County Council staffer is filing the first ever discrimination complaint against the county under it's new human rights law.

Dana Beyer says she has been unfairly targeted by the Montgomery County Ethics Commission because of her private work to protect transgendered people like herself from discrimination.

"The ethics committee has made a blatant political attack on me because I am the first transgendered staffer in Maryland," says Beyer. Beyer says the ethics commission is investigating her because she was accused of using her job with the county to intimidate activists opposed to a bill protecting transgendered people from discrimination. Beyer says the commission is investigating her private advocacy work.

Beyer is a member of Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg's staff. Beyer says the commission secretly searched her computer illegally without her boss's knowledge, and then leaked the existence of the investigation to her colleagues. The Commission did not return calls by press time.

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