Friday, January 10, 2020

Teacher Can Pursue Title VII Claims In Dispute Over Transgender Student Policy

Kluge v. Brownsburg Community School Corp., (SD IN, Jan. 8, 2020), involved a suit by a former high school music teacher who was forced to resign for resisting the school's policy that required teachers to address transgender students by their preferred names and pronouns.Plaintiff claimed that the requirement violates his sincerely held religious beliefs. The court dismissed plaintiff's 1st and 14th Amendment claims, but allowed him to move forward on his claims of failure to accommodate in violation of Title VII, and his Title VII retaliation claim.