BRANSTAD LAWSUIT: Openly Gay Employee Sues
The Iowa Supreme Court will decide a state worker’s case against the governor and other state officials.
In 2006, then-governor Tom Vilsack appointed Chris Godfrey to be the state’s workers compensation commissioner. Godfrey’s term expires next year.
Godfrey says last year, Gov. Terry Branstad asked for his resignation then cut his salary substantially when he refused to quit. Godfrey claims Branstad wants him to resign because he is openly gay.
The governor says he asked for Godfrey’s resignation based on his job performance not his sexual orientation.
The trial is set to begin Tuesday.