California district to pay $360K to teacher fired for not following transgender policies

240517 jessica tapia mn 1507 23d0f9

A Southern California school district reached an agreement to settle a 2023 lawsuit from a former teacher who refused to adhere to the district’s gender identity-related policies.

The settlement amounts to $360,000, with the Jurupa Unified School District agreeing to pay $285,000 to Jessica Tapia and $75,000 for her attorneys’ fees.

The lawsuit alleged discrimination on the basis of religion following Tapia’s termination from the school district for being unwilling to comply with several directives regarding transgender students.

The directives included referring to students by their preferred pronouns, allowing students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity and refraining from expressing religious beliefs with students or on social media.