Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said July 15.

Polk County jurors found that Chris Godfrey not only proved the discrimination occurred, but also showed he was retaliated against in the form of a pay cut after refusing to quit.

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Transgender former state worker settles lawsuit for $27,000

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | A former Iowa State University employee will get a settlement of more than $27,000 from the state after claiming discrimination in the way the university managed its health insurance for transgender employees.

Elyn Fritz-Waters sued the state in January when her employee health insurance denied care for gender dysphoria, which included her request for hormone therapy and a sex reassignment surgery.

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Iowa governor signs bill limiting funds for sex-reassignment

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a budget bill that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding to pay for sex-reassignment surgery.

The Republican governor signed the Health and Human Services funding bill on May 3 and opted not to issue a line item veto of the ban on public funding for such surgeries.

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State’s costs in gay discrimination lawsuit reaches $1.2M

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | The state’s bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he’s gay has surpassed $1.27 million.

Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson updated the Iowa Executive Council on Feb. 11 in response to a request by Auditor Rob Sand. The council, which includes the governor and other state elected officials, approves state litigation expenses.

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Lawyer for Iowa officials in gay discrimination case quits

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | A lawyer who has billed Iowa taxpayers nearly $1 million to fight a long-running discrimination lawsuit over former Gov. Terry Branstad’s treatment of a gay former state official has withdrawn from the case, court documents filed September 5 show.

George LaMarca, 73, has represented Branstad and other state officials for the past seven years as the case filed by former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey twice made its way to the Iowa Supreme Court. LaMarca said poor health is forcing him to retire.

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