Jury sides with transgender employee in ‘historic’ Iowa case

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) | A jury ruled Feb. 13 that an Iowa prison warden discriminated against a transgender employee by denying him the use of men’s restrooms and locker rooms in a verdict that advocates call “historic.”

Jurors also found that the state executive branch discriminated against Jesse Vroegh by offering medical benefits that would not cover his gender reassignment surgery. After making those findings, the eight-member jury awarded $120,000 in damages for emotional distress to Vroegh, 37, a former nurse at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

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Transgender prison worker files complaint against Department of Corrections

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — A transgender prison worker filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on July 21 saying state Department of Corrections officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow him to use the men’s bathroom and showers at work.

Jesse Vroegh has worked for the state since 2009 and is a nurse at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. The 34-year-old says he’s been required to use a unisex private restroom that doesn’t have a shower, preventing him from showering at work if needed, a benefit others have. He also is challenging denial of medical treatment and procedures including chest surgery by his state-provided insurer.

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