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Jail guard: Schenectady County ignores plea for nonbinary policy

March 18, 2021

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SCHENECTADY – Desiree Pieniazek’s desire to be identified by Schenectady County as nonbinary has prompted the veteran corrections officer to file complaints against the county alleging discrimination and harassment by co-workers who learned of the request.

The county does not appear to have an explicit policy on nonbinary employees, a term that refers to a person whose gender identity falls outside the traditional gender binary or who doesn’t identify as male or female.

“Desiree was repeatedly told that [the county] would look into it, that they would handle it, that they would have a meeting, that they would draft a policy, that they would get back to Desiree, and they never did,” said Pieniazek’s attorney, Adam Grogan, with the Tully Rinckey firm.

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