Cleveland Orchestra settles lawsuit, agrees to cover employee’s needed procedures after gender-affirmation su - cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio— The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday settled a federal lawsuit filed by an employee and agreed to cover her medical costs for procedures she needed after suffering complications from gender-affirmation surgery.
The employee’s attorney, Mark Herron, said the orchestra agreed to cover via medical insurance Rem Wransky’s follow-up procedures. He declined to offer any other provisions included in the settlement agreement.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer reached out to an orchestra spokesman and spokeswoman for comment, as well as attorneys for the orchestra and its insurance administrator.
Wransky, the orchestra’s website developer, filed a lawsuit in August that accused the orchestra and its medical insurance administrator, Business Administrators and Consultants Inc., of discriminating against her on the basis of sex.
The lawsuit, in U.S. District Judge Pamela Barker’s courtroom, said the orchestra hired Wransky in April 2021, about eight months after Wransky underwent gender affirmation surgery. She experienced complications from the surgery and required additional procedures.
The orchestra is self-insured, and the administrator denied her medical claims, saying it was medically unnecessary, the lawsuit said. The administrator’s physician-reviewer later determined the procedures were needed, but the company denied it anyway based on an exclusion in the insurance policy for “transsexual surgery or any treatment leading to or in connection with transsexual surgery,” according to the lawsuit.
Court records do not indicate if the orchestra changed its policy for all employees.
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