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Judge Rules Dress Code Requiring Skirts Unconstitutional

A judge ruled that a North Carolina school’s dress code prohibiting girls from wearing pants is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause, after three girls, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the Charter Day School. Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote that the, “skirts requirement causes the girls to suffer a burden the boys do not, simply because they are female.” Judge Howard wrote in his decision that, “The plaintiffs in this case have shown that the girls are subject to a specific clothing requirement that renders them unable to play as freely during recess, requires them to sit in an uncomfortable manner in the classroom, causes them to be overly focused on how they are sitting, distracts them from learning, and subjects them to cold temperatures on their legs and/or uncomfortable layers of leggings under their knee-length skirts in order to stay warm, especially moving outside between classrooms at the school. Defendants have offered no evidence of any comparable burden on boys.” Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, stated that the “ruling vindicates our young clients, who argued that the dress code policy was both outdated and discriminatory.” “This policy reflected […]

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