A Wisconsin school district will have to pay $800k to a transgender student who sued the school due to their discriminatory bathroom policies. Ash Whitaker took on Tremper High School for their policy to not allow him to use the boys’ restroom. The US Court of Appeals sided with Whitaker last May, but the school appealed. The ruling on Tuesday (5-2) included the monetary settlement, but also that the school district withdraw its US Supreme Court appeal.
“The precedent in the Seventh Circuit is definitive: schools cannot single students out because they are trans. Period,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center.
Joseph Wardenski of the civil rights law firm said: “This settlement sends the clear message to all school districts that discriminating against transgender students is against the law and harms students who simply want to go to school. We are pleased that KUSD decided not to needlessly drag this case through the courts any further, to compensate Ash for the concrete and avoidable harms he suffered, and to finally allow Ash to move on from this painful chapter of his life.”