The University System said in a statement it was a “a mutually agreeable resolution with our employee and the applicable exclusions have been removed” by its health care providers.
Noah E. Lewis, one of Jay’s attorneys, said employees in many state and local governments do not get similar benefits, which they hope will change as a result of the settlement.
“The war is far from over in the way of change that must be made in this country for the Trans community,” Jay wrote Tuesday in an Instagram post. “But this is a huge battle won for Trans folks at large and specifically in the state of Georgia.”
Jay, 32, 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 will receive $100,000 in compensatory damages as part of the settlement.