Lawrence v. Office of Personnel Management

Summary

Marc Lawrence, a transgender retiree of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was denied health coverage for hormone-related care, 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 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.

History

  • 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.

     

Case Information

Status: Open

Client

Marc Lawrence

Attorneys

Lambda Legal

Tara Borelli
M. Dru Levasseur
Gregory R. Nevins

Co-counsel/Cooperating Attorneys

Gary M. Gilbert
Shannon C. Leary

Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.