The Courant reported that the pre-termination process started after a city-hired psychologist determined that Quaranta was unfit to return to work. Frank Quaranta became known as "Francesca" two years ago. She has worked as a Middletown police officer for seven years and initially said her colleagues supported her alternate lifestyle choice. She has since said the officers allegedly created a hostile work environment and she has filed a complaint.
The complaint she filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities alleges that her supervisors in the police department created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity. Quaranta has been on administrative leave since August, 2013.
Mayor Drew said the allegations against the department will be discussed thoroughly.