My manager was incredibly supportive. He was disappointed to hear it wasn’t an issue the state could get involved with. He was glad I gave him a heads up because a lot of times an investigator shows up to interview the manager. He also suggested if none of this works, to try and get a class action lawsuit, since if EEO doesn’t fix it, that is about what it takes.
Once I was done talking with my manager, I talked with my EEO officer. Yes the same one that used the word “tranny” last August. However, she obviously has received a lot of education. She was incredibly respectful, and informative. She sent me the paperwork to start the actual complaint which I filled out that morning.
She also recommended that I contact the Assistant Director for my Federal agency and ask if he had any resources. She recalled in the last year he had sent out some communications about it but she couldn’t locate it. That made me nervous, but I figured why the hell not. In for a penny, in for a pound.
I then emailed the Assistant Director and asked him about any support he had. I explained Washington State Law Against Discrimination, the Affordable Healthcare Act and Obama’s Executive Action and my opinion. I was surprised, he got back to me within 3 hours.
He was very honest, he said this was a completely new scenario for him, but he would immediately locate the resources he could find if I could just give him a few days. Just the fact he got back to me so quickly bought him a lot of leeway and this is the federal government, meaning things take time. I told him thank you and I definitely understood it would take time.
I don’t expect we will get Jello cleared for trans care services. I am aware of the beast of the federal government, and especially since I work for the Department of Defense. Jello’s doctor informed us that they are the most recalcitrant and most unlikely to budge. I figure though it is worth the effort. $10,000 for top surgery, not counting if he ever goes lower is incredibly expensive. We could probably swing it with a medical loan (and we are planning that will probably be the actual result) but I hope if nothing else, this makes it easier for those in the agency I am in who don’t have support to get medical care.
I can’t stop being a white knight/social justice warrior. I am aware this may (read: probably will) torpedo future “career” options, but I don’t really care. I have lost jobs before because I called bullshit, and when it deals with my hubby I will burn the world for him.
Will keep everyone updated as things develop.