An alarming story out of Louisiana has many asking at what age are we teaching our children how to discriminate. After the girl scout organization’s Colorado chapter announced it will allow a transgendered 7-year-old to join the troop, leaders of three troops of Girl Scouts quit their posts and disbanded the troops. The troop leaders, all affiliated with a Christian school in Louisiana, resigned in protest of the Colorado chapter’s decision to allow participation from any child who identifies as a girl. Bobby Montoya, a 7-year-old boy who identifies as a girl and whose parents present him as a girl, has been permitted to join the girls scout group in Colorado. The parents of this young child did not actually enroll him, but the troop leaders of the Louisiana chapter are outraged and have disbanded their troops. Full article.
Historically, courts and the EEOC have held that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against an individual because of transgendered status. In the past few years, however, some courts have determined that discrimination against a transgendered individual may constitute unlawful gender stereotyping in violation of Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination. Other courts, however, have adhered to the view that discrimination based on transgendered status does not violate Title VII. Whether discrimination against a transgendered individual may constitute discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII is a factual question that must be determined on a case by case basis.
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