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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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 Terry Branstad’s treatment of a gay former state official has withdrawn from the case, court documents filed September 5 show.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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