US: A School District Will Pay $800,000 To Settle A Transgender Student's Discrimination Lawsuit

A Wisconsin school district will pay $800,000 to settle a transgender high school student's discrimination lawsuit.

Ash Whitaker, a former Tremper High School student, had sued the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) in July 2016 for banning him from the boys' bathroom, subjecting him to daily surveillance, and threatening disciplinary action for using the boys' bathroom.

Whitaker graduated high school in June 2017, days after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of his challenge against the school district, and upheld a lower court's decision allowing him to use the boys' bathroom for his senior year.

As part of the settlement, KUSD withdrew its US Supreme Court appeal challenging that decision, according to the Transgender Law Center, which represented Whitaker in the case. The settlement also permits Whitaker to use the men's restroom if he returns to campus as an alumnus or community member. However, the judgement does not apply to anyone else besides Whitaker.

Of the $800,000, approximately $650,000 will go towards Whitaker's attorneys' fees and around $150,000 will go to Whitaker, an attorney for KUSD, Ronald Stadler, told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday. Read more via Buzzfeed