by Rex Wockner
Lambda Legal filed suit against Oregon on June 21 on behalf of a state employee who was denied insurance coverage in connection with his being transgender.
Alec Esquivel, 41, a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals, was advised by his doctor to have a hysterectomy as part of his treatment for gender-identity disorder. But his insurer refused to pay because it does not cover transition-related health care.
Lambda’s lawsuit against the state government and the Public Employees’ Benefit Board argues that Oregon law prohibits employers from denying insurance coverage on the basis of gender identity.