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On November 12, 2018, Lambda Legal and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service announced the successful settlement of a 2015 lawsuit filed on behalf of John Dorn against the Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. Dorn’s settlement with the MDOC includes substantive changes to the MDOC policy directive that allowed disproportionate punishment of incarcerated people living with HIV without adequate justification, an MDOC review and reconsideration of other individuals who were classified to administrative segregation under the former policy, and a monetary settlement.
Case representing man refused dental care because he has HIV.
Case arguing that Foot Locker failed to protect one of its employees from severe antigay harassment and discrimination in the workplace
When a group of students attempted to form a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at East High School in the Salt Lake City School District, the school refused to allow it.
Case representing low-income Louisianans living with HIV who are at risk of losing their health insurance because Louisiana insurance companies are refusing to accept federally funded premium subsidies.
Lambda Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the law firm WilmerHale filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Adree Edmo urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a district court’s judgment that found that the Idaho Department of Correction and its healthcare provider Corizon, Inc. were deliberately indifferent in denying Ms. Edmo medically necessary care for treatment for gender dysphoria.
Case seeking to uphold non-biological mother's right to have parenting time with her child.
Lambda Legal joined Arnold & Porter in a lawsuit filed against the Prince George’s County Public Schools and Board of Education on behalf of a transgender teacher who endured years of abuse, harassment and retaliation at the hands of school administrators, fellow teachers, staff, parents and students after she began to live authentically as the woman she is. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of Jennifer Eller, an English teacher who taught at three schools within the district from 2008 to 2017, when she was forced to resign.
Case arguing for equal protections for domestic partners who thought their relationships were registered with the state but were not as California family law provides to people who believed they were married but were not
A lawsuit against the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a 65-year-old gay man seeking spousal survivor’s benefits based on his 43-year relationship with his husband, who died seven months after Arizona began allowing same-sex couples to marry. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Michael Ely in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona argues that SSA’s imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for social security survivor’s benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not able to be married for nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws. If you married your same-sex spouse, but were unable to be married for at least nine months before your spouse’s death because of discriminatory marriage laws where you lived, you may be a member of the Ely class. Click here for the Ely FAQ: https://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/20210212_ely_faq
Appeal of a Florida family court ruling that a second parent adoption a lesbian obtained in Washington state could not be enforced in Florida.

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