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Federal government resolves transgender student's discrimination claim

(This post originally appeared HERE on the HRC Blog).

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education and the Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the resolution of a discrimination claim filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of a transgender student in Arcadia, Calif.

The transgender student had been excluded from rooming with male peers on an overnight field trip and barred from using male restrooms and locker rooms at his school. NCLR argued that the federal prohibition on sex discrimination in education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibited the school from isolating this student because he was transgender.

The federal government investigated these claims and reached an agreement with the school district under which it will treat the transgender student as male for all purposes, revise its policies to ensure all students are free from discrimination based on sex stereotypes, and provide training to personnel and students. In announcing the agreement, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels said, “All students, including transgender students, have the right to attend school free from discrimination based on their sex. We commend the district for taking affirmative steps to ensure that this student and his peers can continue to learn and thrive in a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.”

More information about this important resolution is available from the Justice Department HERE.