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April 21, 2015

N.Y. Attorney General Investigating Boy Scouts' Employment Practices

The New York State attorney general's office is investigating whether the Boy Scouts of America has discriminated against gays as an employer, The New York Times reports.

A letter from Kristen Clarke, the chief of the attorney general’s civil-rights bureau, to the Boy Scouts chief scout executive, Wayne Brock, concerned a possible conflict between the ban on adult scout leaders and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The inquiry comes several weeks after the New York City branch said it had hired Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old openly gay Eagle Scout to work at one of its summer camps.

The organization has been under fire for its policies regarding gay scouts and troop members. In 2014 it voted to lift the ban on openly gay youths while still excluding homosexual adults.