A transgender woman lost the majority of her claims in a lawsuit waged against a Christian college, with a judge ruling that California Baptist University did not violate a California civil rights law in expelling her over allegations that she committed fraud.
But while Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled in favor of the school on four of the five claims made by Domaine Javier, 27, the judge did find that the college was wrong to exclude her from off-campus services that are open to the public, the Riverside County Press-Enterprise reported.
In her lawsuit, Javier cited breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act — a state law preventing discrimination — for her suspension and expulsion.
Trask affirmed that the college offers a religious education and that it is deeply rooted in Christian tradition and is, thus, not a business establishment in violation of the Unruh Act, according to the Christian Post.
“Every secular subject is expressly intertwined with a values-based Christian religious component, taught by a Christian,” the judge wrote in her decision. “Whatever economic benefit the student hopes to gain from the CBU educational experience, CBU clearly intends to send forth an engineer, nurse, businessperson, or teacher who will be able to apply its religious values in the secular world.”
That said, Trask did order the college to pay $4,000 in damages and to pay Javier’s attorney fees over the claim that she was excluded from public businesses and services. Additionally, Javier’s lawyer, Paul Southwick, said that the former student will be able to take online classes at the school.
Both Javier’s team and California Baptist University are considering appeals, according to the Press-Enterprise.
As TheBlaze previously reported, the battle between Javier, who was born a male, and California Baptist University first began in 2011 when she was expelled from the school after her biological identity was revealed when she appeared on MTV’s “True Life: I’m Passing as Someone I’m Not.”
At the time, the transgender student was studying to be a nurse and was expelled for purportedly concealing her true identity, with school officials accusing her of committing fraud on her application when she selected “female” instead of male.
But Javier said she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong and that she was simply selecting her self-perceived identity. Javier has reportedly been identifying as a woman since she was a toddler, claiming that, at 13, she began dressing, thinking and acting like a girl.
Watch the “True Life” episode that started the legal battle below:
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