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Case on behalf of a transgender man discriminated against by his federal employer because it denied health care coverage.

Marc Lawrence, a transgender retiree of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was denied health coverage for hormone-related care in 2013-2014, including visits to an endocrinologist and for his hormone prescriptions, despite the fact that such care routinely is covered for non-transgender employees and retirees.  This care was denied because of a blanket exclusion in Marc’s health plan at the time refusing coverage for all care relating to gender transition.

Lambda Legal filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Mr. Lawrence arguing that the health plan’s exclusion violates Title VII protections against discrimination based on sex.

    • May 2014-Lambda Legal filed a complaint with the EEOC on  behalf of Marc Lawrence for discrimination based on sex.
    • July 2014-The complaint is assigned to an administrative judge.
    • February 2015-The parties file cross-motions for summary judgment.
    • August 2015 –The administrative judge issues a tentative ruling in favor of Marc Lawrence.
    • September 2015 -Lambda Legal requests a final agency decision.
    • June 2016 –The agency issues a decision in its own favor, rejecting Marc Lawrence’s claims.
    • June 2016 -Lambda Legal appeals to the EEOC.
    • May 2024-The Commission rules in favor of Marc Lawrence, finding that the exclusion used to deny him coverage in 2013 and 2014 is sex discrimination in violation of Title VII