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Transgender Bathroom Access Cases

This collection includes cases relating to transgender persons' access to public, multi-occupancy restrooms that match their gender identities. The issue rose to national political significance following the passage by conservative state legislators in North Carolina of a state law restricting access to multi-occupancy public bathrooms and changing facilities based on the gender on a person's birth certificate. The law was passed on March 23, 2016, in an emergency session of the legislature called in response to a anti-discrimination law in Charlotte, North Carolina, which expanded anti-discrimination laws to cover LGBT individuals, and gave transgender persons the right to use bathrooms matching their gender identities. Understanding HB2: North Carolina’s newest law solidifies state’s role in defining discrimination.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Women's Liberation Front v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:16-cv-00915-WPL-KBM (D.N.M.)
Filed 08/11/2016 - Closed 2017
Department of Justice
Education
ED-NM-0002
Coding Complete
On August 11, 2016, the Women's Liberation Front ("WoLF") - an unincorporated association of radical feminists dedicated to the total liberation of women and fighting to end male violence, regain reproductive sovereignty for women, and preserve women-only spaces - filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The ... [view]
2 W. v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education
2:16-cv-00943 (E.D. Wis.)
Filed 07/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
Kenosha Unified School District No. 1
Education
ED-WI-0002
Kenosha County
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case was a 16-year-old rising senior at the George Nelson Temper High School (Temper), which is part of the Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 (KUSD), in Wisconsin. Plaintiff, who was assigned female on his birth certificate but whose gender identity is male, suffers from gender dysphoria, a ... [view]
3 Texas v. United States
7:16-cv-00054 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/25/2016 - Closed 2017
United States Federal Government
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-TX-0001
Coding Complete
This lawsuit is part of an ongoing legal battle, across several cases, over allowing transgender individuals access to public facilities matching their gender identities. With eleven states joining together to challenge the DOJ, DOE, EEOC, and DOL over their interpretations of antidiscrimination statutes, it represents the broadest challenge to ... [view]
4 North Carolinians for Privacy v. United States Department of Justice
1:16-cv-00245-FL (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 05/10/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0005
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see related cases section, below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
5 United States v. State of North Carolina
1:16-cv-00425 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2017
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
Equal Employment
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0004
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (HB2), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see the case collection. On February 22, 2016, ... [view]
6 McCrory v. United States
5:16-cv-00238 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Equal Employment
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0003
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (HB2), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see the case collection. On May 9, 2016, North ... [view]
7 Berger v. United States Department of Justice
5:16-cv-00240-FL (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2016
U.S. Department of Justice
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0006
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed in March 23, 2016. For the others, see related cases section, below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
8 Carcaño v. McCrory
1:16-cv-00236 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
State of North Carolina
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0002
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed in March 23, 2016. For the others, see the related cases section below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
9 G.G. [Gavin Grimm] v. Gloucester County School Board
4:15-cv-00054 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 06/11/2015 - Case Ongoing
Gloucester County School Board
Education
ED-VA-0002
Gloucester County
Coding Complete
On June 11, 2015, Gavin Grimm, a sixteen-year-old transgender boy filed this lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff, represented by the national and Virginia ACLU, proceeded under Title IX and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He sought a preliminary and permanent ... [view]
10 Blatt v. Cabela's Retail
5:14-cv-04822-JLS (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 08/15/2014 - Closed 2017
Cabela's Retail, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-PA-0248
Coding Complete
On August 15, 2014, a transgender woman from Pennsylvania filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued Cabela’s Retail, Inc., under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000(e) et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq. (“ADA”) ... [view]
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