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Fletcher v. State of Alaska

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Under Title VII

Key Date: February 19, 2020
Status: Awaiting Ruling from Alaska District Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Employment Discrimination

Case Overview:

 Fletcher v. State of Alaska is a case brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of a transgender state employee suing the state of Alaska under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because she was denied transition-related surgical treatment by her employee health care plan.

Latest in the Case:

Cross-motions for summary judgment were heard by the federal district court of Alaska on February 19, 2020.

Case Timeline:

  • June 5, 2018: Lambda Legal files a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jennifer Fletcher, making the case that Alaska violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “sex.” Previously, as Jennifer transitioned from male to female, she was forced to pay out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary care because of the state’s healthcare plan, which prohibited transition-related care until early 2018, when it began covering hormone therapy (but not surgical treatment). In March of 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that there was reasonable cause to believe that Alaska’s prohibition of coverage for transition-related healthcare is a violation of Title VII.
  • February 2020: The Alaska District Court hears oral argument in the case on cross-motions for summary judgment.

Last Updated May 11, 2020

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