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Lawrence v. Office of Personnel Management

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

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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.