Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Fired Teacher Sues Saying Requirements On Pronouns For Transgender Students Violated His Rights

A Virginia high school teacher filed suit yesterday in a Virginia state trial court challenging his firing for refusing to use male pronouns to refer to a transgender student in his French class.  The complaint (full text) in Vlaming v. West Point School Board, (VA Cir. Ct., filed 10/1-/2019), claims that the teacher's free speech and free exercise rights, as well as other rights, were violated. Plaintiff contends that the case is
about whether the government may force [plaintiff] to express ideas about human nature, unrelated to the school's curriculum, that he believes are false.
Plaintiff also contends that
[his] views and expression related to gender identity, would require [him] to violate his sincerely held religious beliefs.
Washington Post reports on the lawsuit.