Last week, Federal Court Judge Robin J. Cauthron refused to dismiss a Department of Justice (DOJ) case regarding a transgender professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
In March, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Regional University System of Oklahoma for discrimination and retaliation against a transgender professor in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that protects workers from discrimination in the workplace.
The DOJ filed a complaint of discrimination after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determined that it is reasonable to believe that discrimination had occurred. In a historic moment, both the EEOC and the DOJ interpret Title VII to protect transgender individuals in the workplace.
“Here, it is clear that Defendants’ actions as alleged by Dr. Tudor occurred because she was female, yet Defendants regarded her as male,” the Judge ruled. “Thus, the actions Dr. Tudor alleges Defendants took against her were based upon their dislike of her presented gender.”