Transgender Woman Files Suit Woman Claims She Was Denied Proper Care Needed In Jail

September 7th, 2010 by Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Michael Maier had a sex change several years ago, to become a woman. Now she is suing the city of Jacksonville for what she says happened during incarceration in the Duval County Jail.
“I was placed into a solitary confinement cell,” said Maier. “Not given any medication because I’m a post-op transgendered person.”
Maier was arrested for driving without a license and resisting arrest. Now she’s suing for what she says was improper medical care to deal with transgender surgery that she underwent years ago. That surgery changed Maier from a man to a woman.
“They refused to even give me my hormone shots,” said Maier. Maier said the hormone shots and other treatments, are critical to sustain the surgical procedure and keep Maier a woman.
“They basically let me languish there for five days where I went through pure hell. I was totally ignored. They wouldn’t help me out at all,” said Maier.
Prior to the lawsuit Maier asked for a settlement of $200,000. The city rejected that dollar amount writing, “this case has a value in the hundreds of dollars not hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
In the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit they said Maier answered ‘no’ to the following questions: “Do you have a medical problem that requires immediate medical attention?” “Are you now under treatment or taking medications?” And “Do you suffer from any other medical condition for which a physician is seeing you?”
Maier is still critical of the jail treatment. She said the reason for the lawsuit is to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other transgender person, “I think that every detention center or jail should have number one the proper training in regards to how to treat a transgendered person.”

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