School board to pay $1.3m for trans student’s lawsuit against bathroom ban
A Virginia school board agreed to pay $1.3 million in legal costs to the American Civil Liberties Union after the nonprofit spent six years representing a student who sued over the board’s transgender bathroom ban.
Gavin Grimm, who is now 22, sued the Gloucester County School Board over its requirement to use restrooms that corresponded with his biological sex. Lower courts ruled the policy was unconstitutional on the grounds of discrimination. The suit came to a close in June when the US Supreme Court rejected the board’s appeal to reinstate its policy.
Grimm said he hopes “this outcome sends a strong message to other school systems that discrimination is an expensive, losing battle.”
The lawsuit was initially filed in 2015.