Transgender NYC bus driver who recorded woman in locker room gives her take on alleged assault

A New York City bus operator who identifies as a woman claimed to be the victim of a hate crime after an altercation in a women’s locker room included recording a coworker.

(Video: PIX11 News)

Nana Mangual has yet to return to work after a March 17 incident at the MTA Bus Depot in the Eastchester neighborhood of Bronx, New York allegedly left “her” experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Recently, she spoke with PIX11 News about the incident involving coworker Sonia Rivera whom she accused of verbal and physical assault because of her identity.

She recounted to the outlet that she had just finished taking a shower and was “listening to my gospel music…and from the first bathroom stall she screams out, ‘Turn that f*cking music off. This isn’t a disco. You just got here, who the f*ck do you think you are?’ She told me I needed to use the men’s room.”

Mangual, whose state of undress was not detailed in the report, then proceeded to gloss over the cause for having the phone slapped out of her hand as she explained, “When she realized I was recording, she turned around and physically attacked me.”

In addition to Rivera’s interaction with the phone, the transgender operator accused the coworker of slapping her in the face. Rivera was arrested and hit with several charges over the incident that included harassment and assault that was labeled a hate crime.

“I couldn’t get this trauma incident out of my head,” Mangual told PIX11 News. “She caused trauma in my life because I didn’t deserve this.”

Since the incident, the bus operator has not returned to work at the job which began last year claiming that she is suffering from PTSD. Because of that, she has filed for workers’ compensation and insists the MTA should be paying for medical leave.

Eugene Resnick, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, would not speak directly to the claims made by Mangual and instead issued a statement that read, “The MTA does not tolerate violence or discrimination of any kind in the workplace and takes allegations of this nature very seriously. Given this matter is currently under investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

It was unclear where Mangual’s case stood in the criminal court system or whether any specific conditions were expected to be met before a return to work. She did, however, insist that she had taken the job because she considered herself a “people person” and that “It was nerve-racking because I don’t see any transgender drivers.”

Mangual further claimed to face routine discrimination as people routinely “misgender” the driver. Mangual said she would like to see the MTA take action to educate employees and provide gender-neutral bathrooms. Though they did not speak to that, the transit authority had shared a “Guide to New York Pride” for the month of June after changing their logo to represent the rainbow.

“Happy Pride!” the post from MTA Away read. “This month, you’ll find Pride events all over the region, and can reach many of them via the MTA. Here’s a roundup of the big events happening around New York…and you’ll find more listed throughout the month in our events calendar.”

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