OAKLAND, N.J. — A New Jersey branch of the Boy Scouts has agreed to pay $18,000 to a transgender boy who was barred from joining.
The Record reports the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts made the agreement on Thursday after Joe Maldonado’s mother, Kristie, filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Division. Officials also gave the 9-year-old boy a formal apology.
Maldonado was originally refused membership to a Cub Scout pack in Secaucus because he was born a girl. The Boy Scouts then reversed their ban on transgender boys when Maldonado’s story gained attention.
Maldonado was accepted by a Maplewood Cub Scout pack.
The Northern New Jersey Council has agreed to change their policies in accordance with state laws against discrimination.