Lawrence v. Office of Personnel Management
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.
- 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.
M. Dru Levasseur
Gregory R. Nevins
Gary M. Gilbert
Shannon C. Leary
Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C.