In Meriwether v. Trustees of Shawnee State University, (SD OH, Feb. 12, 2020), an Ohio federal district court judge adopted a magistrate’s recommendation and dismissed a lawsuit by a college professor who was disciplined by a university when he refused to abide by the school’s non-discrimination policy. The philosophy professor refused to address a transgender student using the student’s preferred gender identity title and pronouns. Instead he used only the student’s last name. The court said in part:
[The faculty member’s] speech– the manner by which he addressed a transgender student– was not protected by the First Amendment. Further, he did not plead facts sufficient to state a claim for a violation of his right to free exercise of religion … or for a violation of his rights to due process or equal protection.
Metro Weekly reports on the decision.