Lawsuit filed challenging Florida law that discriminates against trans and nonbinary teachers

On December 13, 2023, Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Southern Legal Council, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida challenging Florida’s so-called “pronoun ban.”  The relevant portion of the challenged statute prohibits teachers and other school personnel from “provid[ing]” any students with titles and pronouns like “Ms.” and “she/her” if those titles and pronouns do not “correspond” to Florida’s definition of sex.  As a result of this law, plaintiffs and other transgender and nonbinary teachers are facing an effective gag-order that prevents them from expressing who they are both inside and outside the classroom.

The lawsuit alleges that the Florida law, Fla. Stat. § 1000.071(3), violates Title VII, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause, and Title IX.  Plaintiffs seek damages and injunctive relief against Florida’s Department of Education, its State Board of Education, its Commissioner of Education, its Education Practices Commissioner, and various local school boards.

The complaint can be found here.