In Madison, Wisconsin, a jury awarded $780,000 to two transgender state employees who were denied insurance coverage of transition surgeries, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
In September, a judge ordered that care is covered. The most recent trial was only to determine the damages due to the plaintiffs, identified as University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Alina Boyden, and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine research Shannon Andrews.
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Wisconsin and volunteer attorneys from the law firm Hawks Quindel filed the lawsuit.
Larry Dupuis, legal director for the ACLU of Wisconsin, said in a statement, "No one should be denied health care because of who they are. Depriving transgender people of access to transition-related care is discrimination and we are pleased the jury awarded Shannon and Alina the money they need to cover their care and for the harm they suffered. Discrimination comes with a cost, and for the State of Wisconsin the bill has come."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article is at https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2018/10/11/jury-awards-780-000-transgender-state-employee/1600250002/.