“The fact that transgender employees are not able to access medically necessary care while non-transgender employees have their medically necessary care covered evidences a disparate impact on a protected class,” Jay’s attorneys wrote in the complaint.
Jay created a GoFundMe page to pay for his medical expenses. He filed a claim with his insurance company for about $8,300.
Noah E. Lewis, an attorney for Jay, said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that several colleges and universities and major employers do not deny benefits for such surgeries. The university and its healthcare providers wrongly excludes transgender workers from such benefits, Jay’s legal team says.
“We would like them to remove the exclusions,” Lewis said of the USG.
The USG declined comment on the lawsuit, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed last month in the U.S. District Court’s Middle District.
Jay, a catering and banquets manager at UGA, began working there in 2013 after enrolling as a female student in 2009. Jay publicly came out as a man and socially transitioned from female to male.
Jay appeared on a recent episode of “Queer Eye,” a show where five men described as the “Fab Five,” advise men on fashion, grooming, food, culture and design.