A civil suit has been filed by the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association against MPS, as they have excluded Viagra and other drugs, which treat erectile dysfunction, from their health insurance plan. The association believes that it is sexual discrimination against the male workers.
An administrative law judge dismissed its previous ruling last September, in which he favored the union that filed a complaint of equal rights in 2008. Labor and Industry Review Commission of the state supported the decision in June.
The union is now looking forward for the reviewed decision of Milwaukee County circuit court judge on the same issue.
The Spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Kristin Collett has said that this is an issue of discrimination of equal rights for all the members of the association.
In 2002, MPS decided to cover the drugs that treat erectile dysfunction in its insurance plan, but by 2004, 1,002 claims have been filed by MPS employees.
While MPS was talking to its union about the 2003-2005 contract; it tried not to cover the drugs because of rising costs during.
"The exclusion of an FDA approved, medically necessary drug from an otherwise comprehensive pharmacy plan violates Wisconsin's prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex", the union argued.
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