A Michigan corrections officer was forced to resign after a fellow prison guard outed her as a lesbian in front of male prisoners — prompting “valid” fears of her being sexually assaulted, a lawsuit claims.
Bridget Cadena, who joined the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2014, claims she was forced to resign three years after the guard outed her while talking to a kitchen worker in front of male inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
The same corrections officer also referred to Cadena using a gay slur, leading to sexually threatening remarks from prisoners who were nearby, according to her lawsuit.
The case was scheduled to go to trial in Jackson County in January, but got adjourned due to the pandemic.
However, Cadena’s claims may soon be heard by a jury as trials start to resume throughout Michigan, the Free Press reported. Cadena’s lawsuit alleges sex discrimination under Michigan’s civil rights law. “These comments … undermined plaintiff’s ability to perform her duties and maintain discipline and respect with the inmates,” the filing claims.
The remarks also led to Cadena having “valid increased fear of being raped” or sexually assaulted by an inmate, according to the lawsuit, which named the guard’s former employer as the lone defendant.
A Washington woman whose lesbian partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in her state filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on Tuesday for denying her benefits she would have been entitled to if they had been allowed to marry.
According to the lawsuit, Helen Thornton and Marge Brown were in a committed relationship from 1979 until 2006, when Brown died of cancer at age 50. The two women also have a son whom they raised since birth.
Despite being together for 27 years and raising a son together, the SSA denied Thornton survivor’s benefits on the grounds that they were not married before Brown died in 2006. However, the state of Washington didn’t allow same-sex marriage until 2012.
By withholding benefits, the lawsuit says, the federal government is discriminating against Thornton because of her sexual orientation.
A court will hear arguments in a lesbian’s bid to revive her lawsuit that alleges a Chicago-area senior living facility did nothing to stop residents from harassing her because of her sexual orientation.
But Berger was also targeted with inappropriate comments based on her gender and sexuality, the document says, specifically citing incidents allegedly involving Kevin Canty, Kargo’s svp of sales for the east.
“At retreats, [Canty] would comment on [Berger’s] sexuality and talk about ‘flipping her back.’ (She is gay.) He also asked her and her partner in Cannes to have ‘a threesome with him,’” wrote Colombaro in the award.
Miller’s attorneys contend that the university changed its explanation after Miller was let go during a “purge” of openly gay women in the athletics department — and that fellow plaintiffs Jen Banford, the softball coach, and Annette Wiles, the women’s basketball coach, were forced to resign due to a hostile work environment.
David Strickland was convicted in September of raping and shooting Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin, in a park near Corpus Christi in 2012. Olgin died at the scene, while Chapa, who was shot in the head, survived.