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Ms. Maier is suing the city of Jacksonville, claiming she was denied needed hormone treatment while in jail. "I was placed into a solitary confinement cell," Maier said. "Not given any medication because I'm a post-op transgendered person."

Maier was arrested on charges of driving without a license and resisting arrest without violence. She said she had a valid driver license at the time and the State of Florida wrongly canceled it. Documents from the state show the Department of Motor Vehicles admitted Maier was not supposed to have lost her license.

Now, she's suing for what she said was improper medical care to deal with the transgender surgery that she underwent years ago. "They refused to even give me my hormone shots," Maier said. Maier said the hormone shots and other treatments are critical to sustain the surgical procedure and keep her a woman. "They basically let me languish there for five days where I went through pure hell," Maier said. "I was totally ignored. They wouldn't help me out at all."

Prior to the lawsuit, Maier asked for a settlement of $200,000. The city rejected that dollar amount writing, "This case has a value in the hundreds of dollars, not hundreds of thousands of dollars."

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