The case was heard by the fourth circuit federal court of appeals, which presides over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
Maxine Eichner, a UNC law professor, said the transgender student argued the school board’s policy violated his Title IX rights — which prohibit discrimination based on sex.
“The Department of Education, which is charged with enforcing Title IX, has interpreted that guarantee against discrimination based on sex to require that students have access to bathrooms that conform with their gender identity,” she said.
Eichner said the appeals court decided to send the case back to the district court where the judge will have to apply the Department of Education’s Title IX interpretation when hearing the student’s case.
N.C. Governor Pat McCrory said in a press release Tuesday that he was concerned the ruling could threaten privacy.
The governor’s press office did not respond for further questions.
And Eichner said the fourth circuit’s ruling means the student will likely prevail in his claim of discrimination.
She said the decision also applies to House Bill 2 and North Carolina law.