Remember Amber Yust? She was the 23-year-old trans woman who was sent a letter by a California DMV employee telling her she “made a very evil decision” to transition, and condemned her to hell.
Before sending that letter to Amber’s home, the now ex-employee of the DMV — Thomas Demartini — apparently used agency records to find her address. DMV employees aren’t supposed to use agency records to find customer addresses for personal use; DMV employees aren’t supposed to use agency data to contact customers for unofficial purposes.
Demartini was allowed to resign from the DMV last December.
Well now, both the California DMV and Thomas Demartini are being sued by Amber Yust. From the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Transgender woman sues DMV over clerk’s letter:
A transgender woman who received a personal letter at home from a California Department of Motor Vehicles clerk who helped her obtain a new driver’s license is suing the DMV and its now ex-employee.
San Francisco resident Amber Yust filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking compensatory and other damages for the invasion of privacy and emotional distress she says she suffered when she received the letter calling her gender change a “very evil decision.”
I’m glad Amber is standing up for herself, as well as for other trans people in California — this is a case I’d so love to see Amber win.
* CNN: DMV Employee Resigns Over Letter Condemning Customer To Hell
* Transphobia As An Apparent Government Function
* California DMV Employee Tells Trans Woman In Letter She’s Made A ‘Very Evil Decision’