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Court Throws Out Discrimination Suit Against Girl Scouts
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 31, 2003

ATKINSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE--New Hampshire's highest court this week threw out a discrimination lawsuit filed against the Girl Scouts of America because the suit had not been filed quickly enough.

Linda Steir filed the suit in February 2000 on behalf of her teenage daughter, Marika, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Marika left Girl Scout Troop 467 in June 1999 after the troop refused to hold meetings at places that were accessible to her. According to court records, when Linda tried to register Marika with another troop, the troop leader told Linda she "would not be comfortable having a child with a disability in her troop."

Steir sued, claiming that the organization had violated Marika's rights under the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination.

The high court ruled against Steir this week noting that the law requires victims to file suit within 6 months of the alleged act of discrimination, and that Steir's suit was filed two months too late.

"It’s very unfortunate that the courts found that the claim wasn't filed in time," said Steir. "This case has dragged on for years and to have that ruling come just because of timing is unfortunate."

Steir told the Rockingham News that she isn't giving up.

"There are still a lot of issues pending in federal court; one of them deals with these discrimination laws," said Steir. "This case has dragged out for a long time. Who knows when those issues will be dealt with."


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