Transsexual Woman Alleges Discrimination In CU Program Dismissal

A transgendered woman has filed suit against the University of Colorado, its Board of Regents and a health plan, alleging she was unlawfully dismissed from a much-needed internship.

Jennifer Anne Blair alleges in the suit filed in U.S. District Court that she was dropped from the executive center of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 2005.

Blair, 55, said she was also told she would not receive credit for about 300 hours of internship work required for the clinical psychology master's program at the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center.

The suit claims CU and KFHP said they were terminating her for violating conflict-of-interest rules.

Blair alleges she was really a victim of age and gender discrimination.

She had previously undergone surgery to become a woman.

Blair's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

The defendants said the conflict-of-interest allegation stemmed from a conversation she had with a prospective client for her private practice.

Blair was told she should have immediately referred the client, who had KFHP insurance, to Kaiser, according to the defendants.

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