Transgender Student Awarded $75,000 Lawsuit Settlement from Maine School District

In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a Maine court awarded the family of a transgender girl a $75,000 lawsuit settlement from the school district that had forced her to use a staff bathroom, instead of allowing her to use the same girls’ room as other students.

The Penobscot County Superior Court order, dated November 25, represents the conclusion of the court case that began in 2009 when the family of Nicole Maines ‒ then in fifth grade ‒ and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued the Orono School District. The order prohibits the district from “refusing access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity,” the Associated Press reported. It specifies that the school district must pay $75,000 to the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Berman Simmons, a Portland law firm that also represented Maines, to cover legal expenses, related costs and a financial award.

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