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DMV employee in transgender case suspended

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 11, 2010 12:33:11 AM PST
A California Department of Motor Vehicles clerk was suspended after allegedly mailing a condemning letter to a transgender woman.The unidentified DMV employee was placed on administrative leave with pay in October, shortly after 23-year-old Amber Yust said she received the letter.

The DMV is now investigating the incident.

Yust applied for a license in her female name at a San Francisco office. Four days later, she said she received a letter from the clerk who processed her application.

It was addressed to her male name, David, and referred to her gender change as, "a very evil decision."

The note said she would be condemned to hell.

She filed a claim this week against the state for damages.

Her attorney, Christopher Dolan, tells the San Francisco Chronicle the employee's suspension is not enough.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.