Friday, January 31, 2020

Transgender professor at Kingsborough College sues school over gender discrimination

Red Washburn

A transgender English professor at Kingsborough College says colleagues’ failure to use up-to-date they/them pronouns partly justifies they/their lawsuit against the school for gender discrimination.

Red Washburn, who uses they/them pronouns and has taught English and Women and Gender Studies at the CUNY Brooklyn community college since 2011, alleges in a Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit filed Friday that the school began discriminating against them in 2017 when they came out as transgender.

Washburn’s boss continually referred to the professor by their ["dead name" (former name)] despite the fact that Washburn legally changed their name to “Red.” Colleagues also continued to use the pronouns “she” and “her” for Washburn, despite the fact that the professor repeatedly advised them to use they/them pronouns.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Teacher Harassed and Ousted from Upper East Side Middle School

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Robert Halkitis

A former social studies teacher at an Upper East Side public middle school was relentlessly hectored by students and colleagues — and eventually let go — because he is gay and stood up for a bullied student, a new lawsuit alleges.

During his two-year tenure as a full-time teacher at Robert F. Wagner Middle School, Robert Halkitis suffered a campaign of harassment that included vandals scrawling a slur on his bulletin board and a student calling him a “f—ing f—-t” in his classroom, alleges a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday.

The torment also included a school clerk suggesting that he was having a sexual relationship with a male colleague on school grounds, court papers say.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

AP Analysis: Most States Lack Laws Protecting LGBT Workers

"If the Supreme Court sides against LGBT employees, it means they have to be really cautious and careful about living their lives openly and proudly," said Jillian Weiss, a New York attorney who focuses on LGBT discrimination cases. "They may encounter a lot of discrimination, and there may not be anything they can do about it."

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

10-8: how scared should we be? – Queersplaining

Callie Wright of Queersplaining Podcast interviewed me on the topic of "how scared should we be?" about the upcoming SCOTUS case on workplace sex discrimination and LGBTQ rights and I gave her my sure-to-be controversial hot take.

As Callie put it: "Some important stuff is happening at The United States Supreme Court on October 8th. The question: does the 1964 Civil Rights act protect LGBTQ folks from employment discrimination. Lots of folks are pretty nervous, and I am too. So I talked to an attorney who specializes in this sort of thing and asked her what she thought. Her surprising take is that she thinks we’ll win. Listen to find out what she thinks might happen."

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Virginia Schools’ Bathroom Rule Violates Transgender Rights, U.S. Judge Says

NY Times: Virginia Schools’ Bathroom Rule Violates Transgender Rights, U.S. Judge Says The ruling is an important victory for transgender rights advocates as legal battles over school bathroom policies continue to play out across the country.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

'It's A Career Ender': 2 LGBTQ Former Dell Workers Share Their Stories

NPR Morning Edition reports on my clients' suits against computer company Dell. From NPR Morning Edition:

Helen Harris doesn't wear makeup or feminine jewelry. She mostly dresses in men's tailored suits and men's shoes. She's gender nonconforming and identifies as a woman. And, she says, that's nobody's business. Which is why in late 2015, when she started taking hormones to become more masculine looking, she did it quietly. Harris, 37, is a systems engineer who worked at Dell, selling technology to major companies and helping them set it up. But she says she had a tough time moving up at the computer company and was assigned to a lengthy training period, while colleagues were promoted. She says she got heckled by co-workers when she gave presentations. And, Harris says, one of her instructors kept telling her "people have to like you for you to be able to do this job. He kept saying stuff like that to me."