School to pay £590,000 discrimination settlement after transgender pupil banned from using boys' bathroom

Nick Reilly
Contributor
Ash Whitaker has won a $800,000 settlement (Twitter)

A school district in America will pay an $800,000 (£590,000) settlement after a transgender student alleged that he was subjected to daily discrimination.

Ash Whitaker, a former student at Tremper High School in Wisconsin, sued the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) in July after he was banned from using the boys’ bathroom.

He also alleged that he was subjected to daily surveillance and faced disciplinary action for using the male toilets before he graduated in June 2017.

Now, an Appeals court has upheld Whitaker’s challenge against the school district, and he is permitted to use the men’s restroom if he chooses to return to school in future.

Tremper High School was accused of discriminating against Whitaker (Google)

The KUSD has also withdrawn its US Supreme Court appeal which challenged the initial ruling, according to the Transgender Law Centre.

Of the $800,000 settlement, approximately $650,000 will go towards Whitaker’s attorney fees, and a further $150,000 will go directly to Whitaker.

During the lawsuit, Whitaker had alleged that the  school discriminated against him by proposing that all trans students should wear bright green labels to monitor their restroom use.

He also claimed that school officials insisted on using his birth name and using female pronouns.

‘I am deeply relieved that this long, traumatic part of my life is finally over and I can focus on my future and simply being a college student,’ Whitaker said in a statement released by the Transgender Law Center.

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‘Winning this case was so empowering and made me feel like I can actually do something to help other trans youth live authentically.’

‘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, one of Whitaker’s attorneys, said in a statement.

Joseph Wardenski, one of Whitaker’s lawyers, added: ‘My message to other trans kids is to respect themselves and accept themselves and love themselves.

‘If someone’s telling you that you don’t deserve that, prove them wrong.’