Linklaters joins forces with Human Rights Campaign in civil rights lawsuit against anti-transgender bill

Linklaters has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation to file a federal civil rights lawsuit in District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Williamson County School Board, the Williamson County Schools Superintendent, the Tennessee Department of Education, and the Commissioner of Education, challenging a discriminatory law that denies transgender students and others access to shared occupancy bathrooms, locker rooms and other public school facilities consistent with their gender identity.

In May 2021, Tennessee enacted this anti-transgender bill, barring transgender students and others from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity. Lhe past year, Linklaters has partnered with the HRC Foundation file a similar lawsuit in Tennessee challenging the same toilet law, but due to the plaintiffs moving out of state, that lawsuit did not occur.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an 8-year-old transgender girl entering third grade who will be forced to either use the toilet that matches her sex assigned at birth or otherwise use a single-occupancy bathroom. as so-called “lodging” when she returns to school this fall, instead of toilets conforming to her gender identity.

Adam Luriehead of Linklaters’ US dispute resolution practice, said:
“We are proud to support this family alongside the Human Rights Campaign on this important pro bono project. There is no place for this anti-LGBTQ legislation anywhere in the United States.

Cynthia Cheng-Wun Weaverdirector of litigation for the human rights campaign, added:
“We should all be inspired by her strength and determination to fight for the right to be who she is. She, and all transgender and non-binary children in Tennessee, deserve to be affirmed and encouraged to be who they are, in all aspects of their life.

The Linklaters team was led by partner Adam Lurie and senior partner Sean Mooney alongside partners Benjamin Kurland, Jarrett Field, Rebecca Zeldin, Lillian Childress, Zoë Lillian and Salma Shitia, summer partners Matthew Gallot-Baker and Earl Quermorllue, and paralegals Casey Bell and Lescene Gibbons.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. For years, he has partnered with civil and legal rights groups to defend civil rights in court.

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