Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on three cases to decide whether or not employers can fire someone from their job for failing to conform to sex stereotypes. While these cases have largely been framed as whether or not anti-discrimination protections apply to gay or transgender employees, it cannot be overstated how much impact these decisions will have on ALL employees in America.
A state judge ruled on Monday, August 5th that the lawsuit against Anoka-Hennepin School District for discriminating against a transgender student (N.H.) can continue. Anoka County Judge Jenny Walker Jasper ruled against the school district's motion to dismiss and officially let the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MNHR) join the lawsuit alongside ACLU of Minnesota and Gender Justice.
Today we announced a successful resolution of the lawsuit on behalf Reid Olson, to make sure that health care plans cover gender confirming care. Olson’s mother, Brittany Tovar, initiated the lawsuit in 2016 against Essentia Health and its employee health plan administrator, HealthPartners.
The parties reached a settlement in which Essentia and HealthPartners agree to continue to provide and cover appropriate gender confirming health care as established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).