Montana Human Rights Bureau rules Yellowstone County discriminated against transgender employee

BILLINGS – The Montana Human  Rights Bureau has ruled in favor of a former Yellowstone County employee who says she was discriminated against because she is transgender.

Eleanor Andersen Maloney, a former deputy county prosecutor, was denied health-insurance benefits for medical costs related to her gender transition procedure, according to a Wednesday release from the ACLU of Montana.

She resigned her position June 18, 2018, identifying the denial of coverage as her reason for leaving after 16 months.

“I was denied medically necessary coverage because of an outdated and discriminatory insurance practice,” said Maloney said in a statement released by the ACLU. “It hurts to be treated differently just because of who you are.”