Eleanor Andersen Maloney, a transgender woman, was denied all gender-affirming healthcare under Yellowstone County’s Group Health Benefit Plan while employed as a Senior Deputy County Attorney.

The complaint states that the discrimination against Ms. Maloney was unlawful under the Montana Human Rights Act, the Montana Constitution, the Federal Constitution, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act. The Montana Human Rights Bureau rendered a preliminary finding that the county discriminated against Eleanor on the basis of sex. This case seeks to definitively establish protections under the Montana Human Rights Act for transgender and nonbinary Montanans. The case is now moving forward to a formal hearing.


Elizabeth Ehret, Alex Rate, and Gabriel Arkles (ACLU-National LGBTQ & HIV Project)

Date filed

September 28, 2018


Montana Human Rights Bureau



Case number

0190002, 019003, 019004