Col. Cynthia Millonzi claims that she was denied a promotion and forced out because she is a lesbian. Millonzi was a full colonel (O-6) and also a GS14. She was the Director of Manpower and Personnel in the
Texas Adjutant General’s Office. She had exemplary reviews.
Millonzi is a woman who had a great deal of authority and responsibility. The bottom line to all of this is that the Guard disapproved of her appearance in an LGBT publication. I expect her to win this suit unless the narrative is false.
At the beginning of September 2013 (in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Texas Adjutant General directed
the Texas National Guard not to process ID Cards or any benefit
applications for same-sex couples at state-run facilities. This order was
conveyed directly and personally to Millonzi by a Brigadier General Hamilton. Millonzi claims that Hamilton said that he did not want anyone going to the press over the policy. Millonzi took that the mean her.
Millonzi served her country for almost thirty years as a member of the
military and twenty-four years as a Federal Civil Service employee before the Texas
National Guard forced her out of her Federal Civil Service civilian job for coming
out as gay, being female, complaining about discrimination, and taking military
About a month after Millonzi was featured in a magazine about coming
out in the Texas National Guard, she was moved out of the Texas Adjutant
Then she was not selected for a promotion that the Adjutant
General had previously said she was “highly qualified” for. Within weeks of not
being selected, she was investigated for fraud, waste, and abuse, involving taking
military leave from her civilian job, and told she would be fired. Millonzi claims that the charges were manufactured against her. Hey, it’s Texas.
complaints with the National Guard’s Equal Employment Office alleging gender
discrimination and retaliation for her civilian job, but they were rejected without
any investigation occurring.
After a successful appeal, the Office of Federal
Operations told the National Guard to reinstate her complaint. Then the Texas
Adjutant General stepped in and kicked it out again. Left with no other choices she filed suit.