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DMV Employee Quits Amid San Francisco Transgender Privacy Case

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A sign at a California Department of Motor Vehicles office. (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

A sign at a California Department of Motor Vehicles office. (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California Department of Motor Vehicles clerk under investigation for mailing a letter to a transgender customer condemning her sex change has quit his job.

DMV spokesman Mike Marando says the resignation letter submitted by Thomas Demartini late Wednesday did not allude to the incident.

Demartini had been on paid leave since October. That’s when the DMV verified San Francisco resdient Amber Yust’s claim that the clerk who processed her driver’s license application sent her a letter at home calling her sex change “a very evil decision.”

Yust has filed a claim against the state seeking damages.

Marando says Demartini received sensitivity training last year after refusing to assist another transgender customer.

Efforts by The Associated Press to reach Demartini for comment have been unsuccessful.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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