HONOLULU (AP) - A federal agency has concluded that the Hawaii Department of Public Safety violated the civil rights of a transgender woman employee.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says 50-year-old office assistant Kelli Keawe for nine years was improperly denied access to women's restrooms in the building where she worked.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Keawe was ordered to use a single, unmarked restroom.
The EEOC issued a letter May 16 regarding her assignment to a "gender-neutral" restroom based on her sex.
Keawe is still on the job. She says she and the department are trying to reach a formal agreement.
The commission could sue on Keawe's behalf if a resolution isn't reached.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says she can't comment on the pending legal matter.