Parents at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Canada are considering legal action to stop transgender teacher Kayla Lemieux from wearing Z-cup breast forms in class.
Rishi Bandhu, a lawyer and parent of a child at the school, has spoken out on the issue, saying teachers should be required to adhere to the same dress code as students.
Bandhu said parents have asked the Halton District School Board to enforce the same dress code for students as teachers, explicitly state any exceptions to the code, and allow parents to discuss the issue at meetings. of the school council.
He added that the school board had “impeded parents’ rights” by apparently denying them the opportunity to raise the issue at meetings.
“In our view, it is simply illogical and absurd to suggest that teachers would be held to a lower standard than students in terms of dress,” he said.
The school board launched an investigation into the legality of a mandatory dress code for teachers in September 2022 before saying in a report that it could face “considerable liability” if it implemented a dress code in reason for possible discrimination.
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“Even if a dress code is implemented for non-discriminatory reasons, it would likely be deemed discriminatory if it adversely affects an employee or group of employees based on their code-protected grounds,” the report said.
He concluded by arguing that even if an employer “wishes to foster a culture of professionalism, respect, fairness and inclusion, a truly reasonable and non-discriminatory dress code or grooming standards would most likely not achieve the results. expected”.
Bandhu said he believed the school was taking a “risk-averse” approach to the issue.
“What they lack is that when it comes to human rights, and in particular gender identity and expression, context matters, and there’s a very delicate balance of interests that has to happen here. And I don’t think they did it appropriately,” he told host Tucker Carlson.
“The context they’re missing here is that this is a school and these are kids in their teens, and their maturity is still developing.”
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Bandhu added that he and other parents have been labeled as discriminatory and bigoted because opponents portray them as not believing transgender people have rights.
“That’s an extreme view,” he said.
“What we need is a constructive approach, a constructive dialogue and a little common sense on this issue.”