Tuesday, November 17, 2020

10th Circuit likely to order reinstatement of transgender professor denied tenure

The case is Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 18-6102.

For Tudor: Jillian Weiss

For the school: Zach West of the Oklahoma Attorney General's office

A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Monday signaled that it would order an Oklahoma state university to reinstate with tenure a transgender English professor, who had won a lawsuit claiming she was forced out of position because of her gender identity.

A Denver-based three-judge panel during oral arguments held via livestream sounded skeptical of claims by Zach West, a lawyer in the Oklahoma attorney general's office who represents Southeastern Oklahoma State University, that hostility engendered between Rachel Tudor and the school since the lawsuit was filed in 2015 precluded her from returning to her position.