Nabozny v. Podlesny

Nabozny v. Podlesny: Facts of the Case

Nabozny v. Podlesny: The Court’s Ruling

At issue in Nabozny v. Podlesny (1996) was whether a student who was gay could proceed with a claim that school officials in Wisconsin violated his rights to equal protection and due process in light of their failure to protect him from harassment and harm by peers on account of his sexual orientation. The Seventh Circuit ruled that the student presented an actionable claim for violations of his right to equal protection but not due process.

Catherine A. Lugg

See also Equal Protection Analysis; Sexual Harassment, Peer-to-Peer; Title IX and Sexual Harassment

Further readings

  • Broz, A. N. (1998). Nabozny v. Podlesny: A teenager’s struggle to end anti-gay violence in public schools. Northwestern University Law Review, 92, 750–778. 
  • Reese, S. (1997). The law and gay-bashing in schools. Education Digest, 62(9), 46–49. 

Legal Citations

  • Nabozny v. Podlesny, 92 F.3d 446 (7th Cir. 1996).