The U.S. Justice Department announced that it filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of sex and retaliating against the employee when he complained about the discrimination. According to the lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Oklahoma City, Robert Tudor began working for Southeastern as an Assistant Professor in 2004. At the time of his hire, Tudor presented as a man. In 2007, Tudor, consistent with his gender identity, began to present as a woman, Rachel, at work. Throughout his employment, Tudor performed his job well, and in 2009, he applied for a promotion to the tenured position of Associate Professor. Southeastern’s administration denied his application, overruling the recommendations of his department chair and other tenured faculty from his department. The complaint alleges that Southeastern discriminated against Tudor when it denied his application because of his gender identity, gender transition and non-conformance with gender stereotypes.