An Alabama woman who worked for the Alabama Department of Labor and Industries is suing the agency for discrimination because she said she was forced to go into a medically induced coma because of her age and gender identity.
Jennifer Krieger filed the federal lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, saying she was diagnosed with ALS in February 2015 and had to undergo an operation and other medical treatments that she considered too costly.
She said she spent years trying to find a job at the state agency and had trouble finding one, even though her job required a “green card.”
She said she couldn’t get a medical card because her gender identity didn’t match the one she had on file at the time.
“I’m now in a coma because I was discriminated against for being a woman,” she said.
She was discharged from the BCA on June 6, but she sued for wrongful discharge and medical malpractice on Monday, arguing she was discharged on the basis of her gender.
“The BCA did not make any effort to meet or even consider my gender dysphoria or any other gender identity that I experienced,” she wrote.
Krieger, who is 46, said she has been in and out of mental hospitals for more than a decade and said she suffers from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
She has a disability rating of 4.4, which is the fourth highest among those in the state.
She is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees.