Wednesday, December 03, 2014

She Won!

A trans-girl who was discriminated against in Maine and whose case went all the way to the Maine Supreme Judaical Court was awarded $75,000.
Transgender girl awarded $75,000 in lawsuit over school bathroom access
Nicole Maines, now 17, was in the fifth grade at the Asa Adams School in Orono in 2007 when school officials barred her from using the communal girls' bathroom.
Portland Press Herald
By Scott Dolan
December 2, 2014

A transgender girl who won a precedent-setting state Supreme Judicial Court decision in January after school administrators in Orono made her use a staff bathroom was awarded $75,000 in a lower court settlement last week with the school district.

Although the high court’s ruling in Nicole Maines’ favor largely settled her dispute with the Orono school district, the decision left the two sides to settle the remaining details in Penobscot County Superior Court.
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The order specifies that the school district must pay $75,000 to GLAD and Berman Simmons, a Portland law firm that also represented Maines, to cover legal expenses and related costs.

“A significant portion of that amount is going to the Maines family,” Cunningham said, though she declined to say exactly how the $75,000 would be divided.

Maines, now a 17-year-old high school senior in Portland, was a fifth-grader at Asa Adams School in Orono in 2007 when the guardian of another student objected to her use of a communal girls’ bathroom. Administrators intervened, telling Nicole to use a separate, unisex faculty bathroom.
I hope that it comes out of the Board of Education’s salaries and the town doesn't have to pay for the boards bigotry.

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