A federal court has concluded that Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws include gender identity as a protected status. The case revolved around whether insurance companies can limit coverage on the basis of gender identity and whether health care providers can discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
Recent case: Jakob is a transgender male who claimed he was “mis-gendered” and mistreated when he went to the emergency room for treatment. He filed suit under Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws as well as federal law.
After another federal court issued an injunction in a case related to the Affordable Care Act, the court ordered attorneys in David’s case to submit arguments on whether federal law bars gender identity discrimination. But the court also said it was clear that Minnesota’s sex discrimination law does protect transgender individuals. (Rumble v. Fairview Health, No. 14-CV-2037, DC MN, 2017)
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