Transgender Girl Awarded $150,000 for Not Being Allowed to Use the Boys' Restroom


First published at 00:14 UTC on January 14th, 2018.

A school district in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $650,000 in attorneys’ fees and $150,000 to Ashton Whitaker, now 18, a female former student who identifies as male, who sued in 2016 after being prohibited from using the boys’ restroom.

The Transgender Law Center says that the $150,000 payment is for “harms … experienced as a student” at Tremper High School and will bring the matter to a close, instead of bringing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which had initially been petitioned to hear an appeal.

Whitaker’s complaint alleged that officials at Tremper told her that she must either use the girls’ restroom or a single occupancy restroom in the school office. She later surreptitiously began using the boys’ restroom, but was spotted by a teacher and again instructed to use the girls’ restroom or the lavatory in the office.

Whitaker then sought to avoid using the restroom at all at school, but said that limiting her fluids caused medical issues. She continued, however, to use the boys’ restroom at school in defiance of the district policy.


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