Equity fair opportunities…….trans to the challenge of tenure……

http://www.metroweekly.com/2017/11/jury-awards-1-1-million-transgender-professor-discrimination-lawsuit/?utm_source=Metro+Weekly&utm_campaign=4d9fce2bc0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ac56f0d0-4d9fce2bc0-275905309&mc_cid=4d9fce2bc0&mc_eid=daf6968036

This recent article caught my attention because the trans professor has been suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University for many years now.  It appears the judge has finally reached a verdict.  She was awarded $1.1M for her claim that the university created a hostile work environment and retaliated by denying her application for tenure.

Interestingly enough, the case was originally brought on by the Justice Department under the Obama administration who sued the school..  Then, under the Trump administration the Justice Department dropped the lawsuit and stated that Title VII doesn’t protect unless “someone is being discriminated against their biological sex assigned at birth”.  She filed her own case and won the lawsuit.  This has big implications on the academic arena as it sets precedence for what not to do when denying someone tenure.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

 

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4 Responses to Equity fair opportunities…….trans to the challenge of tenure……

  1. erinleighvt

    Wow – interesting. I had not heard about this. Not protecting someone unless that someone ” is being discriminated against their biological sex assigned at birth” seems like a gross loop-hole. Why can’t people just treat people fairly? I am glad that in this case, justice prevailed, and the professor won.

    • nordicgod

      Yes! I was absolutely shocked that the Justice Department dropped the case due to a change in administration. That in and of itself is a sign of where the country is headed…..

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  2. ehernandez

    Cool article! Thanks for posting. It is really promising to think about when such precedence is set. Tenure has nothing to do with biological sex, so this is good news.

    • nordicgod

      Absolutely!! Sometimes when in the academic setting everyone is indoctrinated and those who don’t drink the cool-aid per-se are ostracized. It’s the “good ole boys club”.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

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