Yesterday, a jury in Iowa City, Iowa agreed that a prison warden ‘discriminated’ against a transgender employee by providing a gender neutral bathroom that the transgender person had to walk outside to get to and by denying the woman sex-change surgery benefits.
Of course, the ACLU is calling the decision ‘historic,’ and many people wonder if it will open the floodgates to other lawsuits.
Perhaps someone will sue because their employer didn’t accept their mental belief that they were a rock star?
Jurors in the case has apparently been indoctrinated well. They decided the state executive branch discriminated against Jesse Vroegh by offering medical benefits that would not cover “his” gender reassignment surgery, and awarded $120,000 in damages for emotional distress.
Vroegh is a woman who believes herself to be a man.
The American Civil Liberties Union jumped on the case after the Iowa Civil Rights Act in 2007 was updated to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Vroegh began working at the women’s prison Mitchellville as a registered nurse in 2009 as a female, but pretended like she was a man.
Five years later, in 2014, Vroegh suddenly informed ‘his’ boss that ‘he’ would begin a transition at work from female to male after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
The mental disorder gave him the ability to request using the men’s bathroom and locker rooms.
“Prison warden Patti Wachtendorf denied Vroegh’s requests, saying she was concerned about the rights of male employees who may be uncomfortable sharing facilities with him.
“Instead, Wachtendorf designated two single-occupancy bathrooms as gender neutral for Vroegh to use.”
But, that wasn’t good enough. Everyone must be forced to accept one person’s mental illness and treat them as if nothing was wrong.
“Vroegh argued in the lawsuit that the prison’s accommodation amounted to discrimination because, unlike other male employees, he had to walk outside to another building and pass through security whenever he needed to use the restroom. He also argued that the accommodation meant that his male gender identity wasn’t accepted.”
Around the same time, Vroegh wanted a ‘chest’ surgery, assumedly to remove her breasts in order to strengthen her mentally inaccurate ‘feelings’ that she was a man.
“Wellmark said its plan did not cover any gender reassignment surgery. That benefit was later covered for state employees beginning in 2017.”
“Jurors ruled the Iowa Department of Corrections and Wachtendorf, now the warden at the Iowa State Penitentiary, discriminated against Vroegh on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in denying his use of the men’s bathrooms. And they found that the Department of Administrative Services, which administers benefits for state employees, discriminated against him by denying his insurance benefits.”
Vroegh thanked jurors for their verdict in a statement distributed by the ACLU.
“It makes me happy and proud that they recognized that I should be treated equally by my employer and with health care coverage,” Vroegh said. “This whole lawsuit process has been difficult and emotionally very trying. … But I do it because it’s important for all the transgender Iowans who come after me.”
“Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton said the agency is working with state lawyers to evaluate the verdict and review its options, which could include an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.”
The fact that normal people are now being forced to accept, and state taxpayers pay for, a mental disorder sicken many people.