Labor & Employment
Gender-reassignment medical costs for court of appeals clerk will be covered by state
Posted Jan 24, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A settlement has been reached concerning a medical insurance coverage lawsuit brought by an Oregon Court of Appeals clerk, who argued that the state discriminated by refusing to provide an otherwise-covered benefit to a transgender employee.
The state has agreed not only to compensate Alec Esquivel for the doctor-recommended hysterectomy at issue but to pay for prescription drugs, operations and other treatment concerning medically necessary gender-reassignment surgery for its other transgender employees, the Statesman Journal reports.
Esquivel, who will be paid $36,000 under the settlement, was represented by Jennifer Middleton of Johnson Johnson Larson & Schaller in Eugene. A Lambda Legal page provides additional information about the litigation.
ABAJournal.com: "Transgender Law Grad Sues Oregon Over Hysterectomy Coverage Denial, Alleges Discrimination"