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Jury decides Branstad discriminated against gay employee as governor, awards $1.5M


Des Moines Register: A jury has awarded a gay former state official $1.5 million in damages, finding that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him based on his sexual orientation. The eight-person Polk County jury decided Monday that the state of Iowa and Branstad retaliated against former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey. It found he and the state discriminated against Godfrey based on his sexual orientation, said Roxanne Conlin, one of Godfrey’s attorneys.

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