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Case Name Doe v. County of Orange JC-CA-0055
Docket / Court 06CC05833 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On May 5, 2006, an inmate suffering from gender identity disorder filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, challenging the failure of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County Health Care Agency to provide him with medically necessary hormone therapy ... read more >
On May 5, 2006, an inmate suffering from gender identity disorder filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, challenging the failure of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County Health Care Agency to provide him with medically necessary hormone therapy and treatment while he was incarnated. Plaintiff, represented by the Transgender Law Center, alleged that, in addition to being deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, Defendants subjected him to ridicule, and harassment. He sought monetary and injunctive relief.

On June 27, 2007, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, which, among other things, called for the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County Health Care Agency to implement several written policy reforms regarding the administration of hormone replacement therapy to Orange County Jail inmates that had been diagnosed with gender identity disorder. The agreement required the County to provide mandatory continuing education to all sheriff deputies and county healthcare workers regarding transgender issues. The County also agreed to issue a county-wide anti-discrimination policy which included gender identity and transgender persons as a protected class. Lastly, the defendants paid Plaintiff monetary damages in the amount of $49,000.00.

Dan Dalton - 02/04/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of Orange
Orange County Health Care Agency
Orange County Jail
Plaintiff Description Transgender inmate at the Orange County Jail that was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder and denied medication (hormone therapy).
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
06CC05833 (State Trial Court) 05/21/2008
JC-CA-0055-9000.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Complaint for Damages for: (1) Deliberate Indifference; (2) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; (3) Negligence 05/05/2006
JC-CA-0055-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement and Release 06/26/2007
JC-CA-0055-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Daley, Christopher (California)
JC-CA-0055-0002
Stephens, Mattheus E. (California)
JC-CA-0055-0001 | JC-CA-0055-0002 | JC-CA-0055-9000
Stunts, Shelby L. (California)
JC-CA-0055-0001 | JC-CA-0055-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Martino, Stephen J. (California)
JC-CA-0055-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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