An elementary school teacher has been awarded $60,000 from her school district as compensation for harassment because her coworkers refused to use the pro-noun “they” when talking about her.
Daily Caller reports that while Leo Soell was born a woman, she prefers to identify as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer.” This apparently means that she doesn't have a gender.
In 2014, she had breast cancer and had her breasts amputated. With a more masculine appearance she changed her name to Leo and returned to school in 2015 where she says she was subject to ridicule.
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Leo claims she was called hurtful names such as “miss” and “she”. If a student asked about Leo's sex, she was ordered to say that it was a private matter not suitable for discussion at school.
Soeli even claimed that some teachers planned to use the school’s only gender-neutral bathroom so she would have to wait a half-hour for her turn to use it.
An internal investigation conducted by the school found no proof of Soeli's alleged harassment.
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However, despite the school agreeing to have Soeli referred to by the pronoun “they”, she said the harassment didn't stop and hired an attorney.
Oregon is the same state that fined a Christian bakery $135,000 for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake for a Lesbian couple. So, in order to prevent a similar fate, the school district agreed to pay Soeli $60,000.
In addition, the school district decided to introduce new policies to make the district more transgender-friendly, including requiring all teachers to refer to their co-workers as their preferred pro-noun.