Case Name: A.P et al. v. Charter Day School et al.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and the law firm of Ellis and Winters LLP successfully challenged a K-8 public charter school’s dress code that required female students to wear skirts to school and prohibited them from wearing pants or shorts.

The lawsuit against Charter Day School in Leland, North Carolina, was brought by three students who argued that wearing skirts restricts their movement and makes them uncomfortable in many types of weather and other school situations such as playing at recess or sitting on the floor.

The case was brought under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that accept federal funds, and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, as well as a similar provision in the North Carolina Constitution.


Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Ellis & Winters LLP

Date filed

February 29, 2016


U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina


Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard



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