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Sex-Transitioning Workers Sue for—and Win—Employer Plan Coverage

April 4, 2019, 9:45 AM

Transgender people increasingly are suing their employers to get back thousands of dollars they’ve been forced to spend out-of-pocket for gender transition-related care.

Employer-sponsored health insurance plans should have paid for procedures like breast augmentation and hysterectomies, but didn’t because they excluded coverage for transition-related care, lawsuits filed throughout the U.S. say. The plans would have paid for these procedures if needed by nontransgender employees, the plaintiffs allege.

And the plaintiffs are winning. Wisconsin March 26 voluntarily dismissed its appeal from a decision awarding two transgender state employees nearly $800,000 in damages and permanently blocking the state from enforcing its...

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