A transgender bus driver employed by the MTA has come forward to speak about an incident where a co-worker allegedly assaulted her inside a women's locker room.
Nana Mangual, a transgender woman, recently disclosed to pix 11 the details of an attack she endured at the Eastchester Bus Depot in the Bronx. According to Mangual, another bus operator assaulted her and insisted she uses the men's restroom.
Sonia Rivera, a long-serving MTA employee, was charged with the incident on March 17. The police report state that Rivera hurled an anti-LGBTQ slur at the 36-year-old victim before physically striking her in the face.
Before the assault, a verbal dispute had erupted between the two bus drivers around 4:30 p.m. Allegedly, Rivera slapped a phone out of Mangual's hand, which Mangual was using to record the interaction, before striking her in the face.
Mangual recounted that the attack occurred after she finished showering and dressing. PIX 11 reported that Rivera yelled at her to lower the volume of the gospel music she was playing, which further escalated the situation.
Mangual said, "She told me I must use the men's room. When she realized I was recording, she turned around and physically attacked me." The incident left Mangual traumatized, and the memories of the assault lingered in her mind.
The NYPD charged Rivera with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and general assault following the incident. The current status of Rivera's case in the Bronx criminal court remains unclear.
The MTA expressed its commitment to taking the allegations seriously in response to the incident. In a statement to PIX 11, the agency emphasized, "The MTA does not tolerate violence or discrimination of any kind in the workplace and takes allegations of this nature very seriously." However, the MTA refrained from providing further comments due to the ongoing investigation.
Mangual believes that the MTA should provide better accommodations for transgender employees, such as gender-neutral restrooms and comprehensive education on LGBTQ issues for their staff. She revealed that she had been misgendered at work even before the assault occurred, highlighting an existing problem within the workplace.
Since the altercation, Mangual has been unable to resume her duties as a bus operator, and she expressed disappointment with the lack of support from the MTA regarding her medical leave claims. The incident has caused her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
"She caused trauma in my life because I didn't deserve this," Mangual tearfully expressed about her alleged attacker during her interview with the station.
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