Teacher Gender Identity
Mr. Miller, a 7th grade Math teacher at Panetta Middle School has recently decided to transition. He has not discussed this with you, as his principal, nor is he required to so. However, you become aware of this after receiving several phone calls from parents of students in his class. The parents share that, Mr. Miller decided to “come out” during class and informed the students that he is getting a divorce, is beginning the process of transitioning and would like to be called Ms. Debbie going forward. The parents are irate and demand that Mr. Miller be fired.
Upon conferring with your superintendent, the school district attorney and the human resources department, it is determined that Mr. Miller will be terminated immediately. In his termination meeting, Mr. Miller claims that he is being discriminated against because of gender identity and threatens to sue the school district.
- Would Mr. Miller’s lawsuit have any merit?
- What are the legal implications of Mr. Miller’s actions and of the school district’s decision?
- Do you feel the laws related to teachers’ gender identity, as discussed in the text and the Bostock decision, are applicable to our contemporary schools/ school districts? Why? Why not?
- What (if any) changes would you recommend to these laws to address contemporary issues? Why would you recommend these changes?
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