CCSD settles discrimination and harassment case with trans officer
CCSD settles discrimination and harassment case with trans police officer

The Clark County School District (CCSD) has reached a tentative settlement with a transgender school police officer in a lawsuit dating back to 2014.

Bradley Roberts, who is no longer an officer, sued the district after officials prohibited him from using any men’s or women’s restrooms at district facilities. 

The settlement must be approved by School Board trustees. The expected amount is $80,000, reports the Associated Press. Additional attorney fees will be determined in arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey ruled in October that the CCSD had discriminated against Roberts under state and federal laws. A discrimination and harassment case, the lawsuit’s harassment claims, however, remained in dispute but were included as part of this recent settlement hearing, which was held on Feb. 3.

“We’ve agreed on a settlement structure,” Kathleen England, one of the attorneys representing Roberts, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. England says trustees are expected to take up the settlement soon at an upcoming board meeting.

Working for the district since 1992, Roberts began transitioning in 2011. Co-workers soon complained about his use of men’s restrooms. Police officials responded by limiting him to unisex, single-occupant facilities, this after complaints that he shouldn’t be able to use women’s restrooms either because he looked like a man.

Reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Department leaders, along with the district’s general counsel, told Roberts he would not be permitted to use men’s facilities until he showed them proof that he had a surgery to change his anatomy.

By 2012, Roberts had filed a complaint with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. Court records show the CCSD reversed its bathroom ban in response.

Roberts also filed a second complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He claimed emails about him were sent to the entire department and opened him up to workplace harassment and retaliation.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a district spokeswoman said there are rules against harassment but “no specific policies about which facilities people who are transgender can use, whether they are students or staff.”