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Judge upholds discrimination ruling against former Governor Terry Branstad


This news story was published on November 14, 2019.
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Former Gov. Terry Branstad evidently had it in for a gay employee of the state – now the taxpayers will pony up millions.

DES MOINES – A judge has rejected an appeal from former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in a case where he retaliated against a man because he is gay, making it more likely Iowa taxpayers will be on the hook for up to $8 million.

Back in July, a jury awarded former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey, who is openly gay, $1.5 million after Branstad slashed his salary years ago as he worked for the state. He was represented by Roxanne Conlin. Godfrey did eventually resign to take a job in Washington, DC as Chief Judge of the Appeal Board for Federal Workers Compensation.

This week, a judge rejected Branstad’s appeal in the case.  Estimates of costs to the taxpayers to pay off the judgement, legal and other fees now stand at close to $8 million.

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6 Responses to Judge upholds discrimination ruling against former Governor Terry Branstad

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 14, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The right’s stand against this decision. The governor has the right to fire a gay man if his religious beliefs tell hm gays are sinful.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      What? You’re saying its OK for a boss to fire a gay employee if its within the beliefs of the boss’s religion?? That is NEVER OK.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm

        Why not? it is his business.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

          In the context of this lawsuit, it is not Branstads ‘business’. It is the State of Ioeas business and boss’s cannot fire someone based simply on sexual orientation. Furthermore, I can if it was a privately owned business, the owner cannot hire/fire based on sexual orientation either regardless of what the bosses religious beliefs are. Those are the laws.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Stay in China and do not ever come back! BUMSTAD!

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    November 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Tha tha tha thanks, Bum bum bum bumstad.