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Alaska, Transgender Employee’s Health Insurance Row Settled

June 16, 2020, 2:29 PM

Alaska will pay a state employee $70,000 to settle claims that its health plan unlawfully discriminated against her by excluding payment for gender-affirming surgery, according to a stipulated judgment entered by a federal court in the state.

Jennifer Fletcher won partial summary judgment in March on her claim that the plan’s exclusion of gender transition-related surgery violates Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination based on sex. The parties told the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska in early June that they had settled the remaining issues in the case.

The court’s Monday entry of final judgment allows the state ...

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