PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A community of grownup care amenities in Maine will undertake a nondiscrimination coverage in regards to the care of transgender individuals as a part of a settlement with a girl who filed a human rights criticism towards the corporate.
Advocates described the settlement as a landmark settlement about elder look after transgender adults within the state. The settlement got here three months after Maine’s human rights panel dominated in favor of the 79-year-old girl, Marie King, who complained she was denied a room by an assisted living facility because she is transgender.
Grownup Household Care Properties of Maine will undertake the nondiscrimination coverage along with sending staff and directors at its 9 amenities to LGBT-competency coaching, stated attorneys for GLBTQ Authorized Advocates & Defenders, which represented King. The nondiscrimination coverage states that Grownup Household Care Properties will “provide a welcoming environment and the best possible services to all communities, including older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.”
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King was initially nameless when she filed her criticism with the Maine Human Rights Fee, however later selected to determine herself. She stated the settlement was a “positive outcome” for herself and different transgender elders searching for care.
“I believe the new policies will keep others from experiencing mistreatment and will help people understand that transgender people are only seeking to be treated with dignity and respect like anyone else,” King said.
The human rights commission approved the settlement during its meeting on Monday without discussion. The commission’s executive director confirmed the agreement and did not comment further.
Rhonda Chambers, the administrator for Adult Family Care Homes of Maine, did not respond to a call seeking comment. The company runs elder care facilities mostly in rural parts of the state.
The human rights commission found that there were reasonable grounds that one such facility, Sunrise Assisted Living in Jonesport, violated the Maine Human Rights Act and discriminated against King on the basis of sex and sexual orientation or gender identity. Attorneys for King have said she filed a complaint with the commission that Sunrise would not admit her because the facility was concerned she wanted to reside with a female roommate.
The settlement that grew from King’s complaint “sends an unmistakable message that transgender older adults should be treated with dignity and respect when seeking long-term care services,” stated GLAD senior legal professional Ben Klein.
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