February 12, 2014 Practice Points

WAC Member Obtains Preliminary Injunction for Female Student

By Sara E. Dionne

Woman Advocate Committee member Abbe F. Fletman, along with Women’s Law Project attorney Terry L. Fromson, were successful in obtaining a preliminary injunction requiring Line Mountain School District in Herndon, PA, to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to be part of the Line Mountain all-male wrestling program. Beattie has wrestled competitively, against boys and girls, since she was in third grade. The suit was filed against the Line Mountain School District in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in October 2013 saying the district was discriminating on the basis of sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the state constitution. “We are very pleased that Audriana will have the opportunity to pursue her passion for wrestling on her school’s wrestling team,” said Terry Fromson of the Women’s Law Project. “Audriana is looking forward to continuing to practice and compete with the team, something she is very good at and has been practicing for four years,” said Abbe Fletman of Flaster/Greenberg PC. The Beatties obtained a temporary restraining order on November 1, 2013, initially requiring Line Mountain to allow Audriana to wrestle until the preliminary injunction motion was determined.

For more information about this ruling, see the court’s order.

Keywords: woman advocate, litigation, preliminary injunction

Sara E. Dionne works at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Sacramento, California

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