Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Court Refuses To Block School's Transgender Rest Room Policy

In Students & Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education, (ND IL, Dec. 29, 2017), an Illinois federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendation (see prior posting)  and refused to block a school district from allowing transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. The court pointed out that a good deal of the case was mooted by developments since the magistrate's recommendation:
First, Student A graduated from Fremd High School and the Locker Room Agreement pertaining to her was accordingly terminated....] Second, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division withdrew the administrative guidance that Plaintiffs had challenged in this action, and issued a joint guidance letter instructing that the views conveyed in the earlier materials should not be relied upon while the issue is under further consideration....
The court went on to hold:
In any event ..., the Magistrate Judge correctly determined that Plaintiffs had not shown a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits that allowing transgender students access to sex-segregated facilities based on their gender identity violates Title IX or the privacy rights of the Student Plaintiffs with whom such facilities are shared, whether such facilities are restrooms or locker rooms.