District ordered to pay transgender student $75K

NZ Herald 3 December 2014
A Maine court has awarded a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.

Nicole Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1vLJxyR ) reports that a lower court awarded her the settlement last week.

Penobscot County Superior Court issued an order Nov. 25 that prohibited the district from “refusing access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity.”

The order says the district must pay the $75,000 to Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Berman Simmons, a Portland law firm that represented Maines. The money will cover legal expenses and related costs, with a portion going to her family.