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Transgender Woman Sues Former Employer For Refusing to Pay for ‘Cosmetic’ Breast Removal Surgery

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A transgender woman is suing her former employer, Breakthru Beverage Illinois, for refusing to pay for her breast removal surgery.

Morgan Mesi claims the company denied her coverage for the bilateral mastectomy, known as “top surgery,” after a letter from the union’s trustees urged the insurance carrier to deny the request because it was deemed cosmetic.

Mesi left the company in 2019, and the lawsuit accuses Breakthru of violating several laws, including the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Trending: Prominent LGBTQ Activist Arrested Over Disturbing Charges)

Mesi told reporters, “This lawsuit is about my right to control my body free from discrimination.”

“A board of trustees who has never met me should not be the ones deciding if my gender-affirming health care is medically necessary,” said Mesi.

“That decision should be between me and my doctors,” added Mesi.

“Reading the letter, I wanted to die,” recalled the former Breakthru Beverage Illinois employee.

“I was shattered. I thought my union would protect me. I felt betrayed,” Mesi continued. “Why did they go against the direction of my doctors?”

Breakthru denies the allegations, stating its commitment to diversity programs.

The liquor distributor released a statement that read, “While we do not discuss the details of pending litigation, we categorically deny any allegation that Tenzing or Breakthru discriminated against this associate in any way.”

“Breakthru has a very active DE&I commitment with a wide variety of programs that support our associates’ ability to live and work as their true selves,” it added.

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