PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A community of grownup care services 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 grievance towards the corporate.
Advocates described the settlement as a landmark settlement about elder take care of 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 Houses of Maine will undertake the nondiscrimination coverage along with sending staff and directors at its 9 services to LGBT-competency coaching, stated attorneys for GLBTQ Authorized Advocates & Defenders, which represented King. The nondiscrimination coverage states that Grownup Household Care Houses will “present a welcoming setting and the absolute best providers to all communities, together with older adults who’re lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and/or transgender.”
King was initially nameless when she filed her grievance with the Maine Human Rights Fee, however later selected to establish herself. She stated the settlement was a “optimistic consequence” for herself and different transgender elders searching for care.
“I imagine the brand new insurance policies will preserve others from experiencing mistreatment and can assist individuals perceive that transgender persons are solely searching for to be handled with dignity and respect like anybody else,” King stated.
The human rights fee permitted the settlement throughout its assembly on Monday with out dialogue. The fee’s government director confirmed the settlement and didn’t remark additional.
Rhonda Chambers, the administrator for Grownup Household Care Houses of Maine, didn’t reply to a name searching for remark. The corporate runs elder care services principally in rural elements of the state.
The human rights fee discovered that there have been affordable grounds that one such facility, Dawn Assisted Residing in Jonesport, violated the Maine Human Rights Act and discriminated towards King on the premise of intercourse and sexual orientation or gender identification. Attorneys for King have stated she filed a grievance with the fee that Dawn wouldn’t admit her as a result of the ability was involved she needed to reside with a feminine roommate.
The settlement that grew from King’s grievance “sends an unmistakable message that transgender older adults ought to be handled with dignity and respect when searching for long-term care providers,” stated GLAD senior lawyer Ben Klein.