Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:46 a.m.
The Shah-Brar family (from left): Priya, Nicole “Nikki,” a sister and Jaspret.
An 8-year-old transgender student and her parents are suing Heritage Oak Private Education school in Yorba Linda for alleged unlawful gender identity discrimination.
Brar v. Heritage Oak, which was filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, claims Heritage Oak and its parent company Nobel Learning Communities violated the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which applies to all businesses in California, including a secular, for-profit private school.
Heritage and Nobel are accused of refusing to treat Nicole “Nikki” Brar in accordance with her gender identity, including denying her appeals to wear a girl’s uniform, rejecting repeated requests to be called by the appropriate name and pronouns, requiring her to use the boy’s restroom and barring her teacher from attempting to proactively prevent bullying and harassment.
“This is a fight for basic equal dignity, for our family and for all families—for a society that values the things that unite us and the things that make us different,” says Priya Shah, Nikki’s mother, in a statement from their lawyer. “I am forever in awe of the courage that it took for Nikki to stand up for who she is, despite all the messages she was getting from her school and from society. Her courage to fight for her authentic self has galvanized my own.”
“We couldn’t stand to watch Nikki’s hopes and dreams be crushed because a group of adults didn’t accept her…
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