This paper discusses the judicial and statutory constructs of the Chambers v. Omaha Girls Club Role Model Rule,3 which protects the rights of employers to take adverse employment actions against unsuitable role models in certain circumstances, in relation to transgender teachers. It includes an introduction to Gender Identity, a brief discussion of how Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination should be interpreted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and a survey of parental and societal responses to the recent coming out of transgender teachers across America. It argues that adverse action taken against transgender teachers on the basis that they are poor role models for youth violates Title VII, as well as various state and local anti-discrimination laws.
Ashton, Susannah L., "Transgender Teachers as Role Models for a Tolerant Society: The Impact of Societal Views and Their Influence on Employment Anti-Discrimination Laws" (2009). Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition. 18.