Admission of a Transgender Professor Shocks California School Administrators

Schools are institutions that are expected to guide children. They don’t just teach kids academic stuff that makes them equipped to take on the world when they grow up. These institutions, serve as our children’s second home, teaching them the importance of many values on how to be good citizens of the nation. Respect is one of those important values that kids must be taught. Respect can make one humble, responsible, loving, and understanding. This very important trait can help people better accept people for who they are and what they believe in even if it is against ours.

 

An educational institution teaches good manners and the right conduct to young kids. Preventing discrimination is one of those values. However, how can one parent believe that your children will get the right values if the very institution that is expected to teach them what’s right can’t practice such virtues? In Azusa, California, a professor from a local Christian College is about to lose his job after coming out that he is a transgender.

 

Adam Ackley has been a systematic theology professor at the Azusa Pacific University for 15 years now. He has been known in the private Christian college as “Heather” – until he made the big reveal, According to him, while he has struggled for years living as a married woman, he now divulges his true sexuality, that he was a transgender man and that he is now going through a painful divorce process.

 

Ackley, has decided to let APU know about his plans for a legal name change but school officials fear that his true identity and sexuality may have an effect on future admissions and donations that the school might receive. The school released a statement that this matter is being discussed to ensure that all parties will be “treated with dignity and respect”, making it a “confidential matter”. However, Ackley believes that he might be replaced soon, leaving his students in tears, devastated.

 

Legal implications

 

As for APC, terminating the services of Ackley, just because of his sexuality, is clearly a case of gender discrimination in the workplace. According to a Los Angeles lawyer, discriminating against one person because of his or her gender is a clear violation of labor laws in the state. If a person becomes a victim of such injustice, he or she can file a complaint to make an institution liable for such acts of injustice. And so, the students of the school, their parents, the LGBT community, and everybody else will be eagerly waiting for APC’s decision. Will they do the right thing and decide based on their conscience?

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LGBT Community Celebrates Over Historic Court Decision

In this day and age, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community are widely accepted in different sectors of society. However, this does not mean that they are completely safe from different kinds of discrimination based on their gender. That is why the government has put in place anti-discrimination laws to help protect every worker in America from different kinds of abuse and discrimination.

 

Transgender victory

The courts made history as it made a ruling in favor of a transgender plaintiff. Mia Macy, a transgender woman filed discrimination charges against one federal contractor in Maryland after she has been discriminated because of her gender. According to Macy, she applied for a job and got notified that she would be receiving a position at the company’s laboratory. However, after disclosing that she would be transitioning from a male to a female, the company later on said that the position for her was cut. Not long after, she received information that the job was awarded to somebody else.

 

LGBT community celebrations

Tico Almeida, president of the LGBT organization “Freedom to Work” lauded this historic decision by the courts, proving that transgender people like everybody from all genders are equally protected by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. He added that this is the first time that a case of anti-transgender harassment was investigated where a court ruling was made in favor of the transgender employee. This is a landmark victory for the LGBT community as this proves that you should not let yourself fall victims to these kinds of discrimination as the laws and the courts will be there to defend poor victims to uphold and fight for their rights.

 

In California, employment discrimination has no place in the workplace. That is because the state has many employment and labor laws to protect the rights of every worker in the state. So if you have been a victim of such forms of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, you should consult a lawyer in California and prepare a discrimination claim against those who violated your rights. People, no matter what their gender preference is, deserve the same amount of respect as everybody. That is why you should be the first person to defend and protect your rights against those who plan to trample on it.