The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to pay $12,500 to settle an antidiscrimination lawsuit brought by a transsexual.
As part of the settlement, filed here in U.S. District Court, the agency said it would consider hiring the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, in the future.
According to court papers, postal officials offered the woman a temporary job as a typist in 1983 while she was still a man.
According to the court documents, the Postal Service then withdrew the offer when she told them she planned to undergo a sex change operation and wanted to dress as a woman for six months beforehand.
The postal officials said the sex change and proposed "cross-dressing" would be "disruptive" in the office.
In the settlement, the officials agreed to expunge the letter withdrawing the employment offer from Postal Service files.
Victor Glasberg, who handled the case as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women's Legal Defense Fund, said the woman has been working at higher-paying secretarial jobs for two years for another government agency.
In June, U.S. District Court Judge John H. Pratt rejected government motions to dismiss the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Royce C. Lamberth said the government decided to settle the case because it involved such "an unusual set of circumstances that it wasn't suitable for testing the principle" of whether federal agencies can refuse to hire transsexuals.