Photo Credit: Transgender Law Center
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A school district in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $600,000 in attorneys’ fees and $150,000 to a former female student who identifies as a boy, who sued in 2016 after being prohibited from using the boys’ restroom.
The Transgender Law Center says that the $150,000 payment is for “harms … experienced as a student” at Tremper High School and will bring the matter to a close, instead of bringing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which had initially been petitioned to hear an appeal.
“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,” Joseph Wardenski of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, which also represented the student, said in a statement.
“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 [she] suffered, and to finally allow Ash to move on from this painful chapter of [her] life,” he said.
Kenosha News says that the Kenosha Unified School Board voted 5-2 on Tuesday in favor of the settlement, which also agrees to allow the student to use the boys’ restroom in the future, if she visits schools in the district “as an alumnus or community member.”
Ronald Stadler, attorney for the board, said that the decision was made in part to avoid the cost of
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