A transgender student has reportedly won a $1.3million payout after the school denied him access to the bathroom.
Gavin Grimm, now aged 22, claimed that Gloucester County School violated the policy Title IX, which forbids any sexual discrimination in schools, by refusing him access to the toilets that matched his gender identity.
Since filing the lawsuit six years ago, he’s been informed the court has finally ruled in his favour.
Although Grimm won’t receive the payout personally, the money will go towards his representative in the case, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Pleased with the results, the former student told Insider: “It’s absolutely vindication. The court found that what they did was wrong and it was discrimination and it was not going to go without consequence, and I think that’s fantastic.”
The Supreme Court reportedly refused to look over the case and made an agreement with the lower court that the former student had been discriminated against.
It was confirmed last week that a settlement had been reached.
ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project senior staff attorney, Josh Block, commented on the results.
He said: “We are glad that this long litigation is finally over and that Gavin has been fully vindicated by the courts, but it should not have taken over six years of expensive litigation to get to this point.
“After a year in which state legislatures have introduced an unprecedented number of bills targeting trans youth, we hope that the fee award will give other school boards and lawmakers pause before they use discrimination to score political points.”
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