FEDERAL LAWSUIT: Commissioner Sues Governor

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Iowa’s Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner is taking a lawsuit against the Governor and several staffers to a new level.

Chris Godfrey will file a federal lawsuit against Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Chief of Staff Jeff Boeyink, and three others on Wednesday.

The lawsuit stems from the Governor’s 2011 request that Godfrey step down from his commissioner’s post. After refusing, the Governor cut Godfrey’s salary by nearly $40,000.

The federal lawsuit is similar to a state lawsuit filed in 2012, it alleges discrimination based on sexual orientation. “If he had a legitimate reason for excusing me he would have said what those reasons were for treating me differently,” Godfrey explained to Channel 13.

The Governor’s attorney says a number of the claims made in the state case have already been dismissed.

Watch the WHO-HD news at 10 p.m. for more from both sides.