An Iowa jury has awarded a transgender employee $120,000 for being a victim of discrimination.
Born female but now identifing as male, Jesse Vroegh sued the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville for not allowing her to use the male restrooms. She was also upset that her employer would not pay for her chest surgery.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Jurors ruled Vroegh was discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in denying his use of the men's bathrooms, and that the Department of Administrative Services, which administers benefits for state employees, discriminated against him by denying his insurance benefits.”
It was also reported that the state attorneys are likely to appeal the decision.
“Unfortunately, employers are now being forced to discriminate against either transgender employees, or every other employee,” said Kirralie Smith, Binary spokeswoman.
“The report said this employee was given the option of two restrooms to use, but it simply wasn’t good enough.”
“It seems that any form of concession is not enough for these activists. The employer was trying to accommodate them while also considering every other employee affected by this request,” said Smith. “Conflating identity with biological fact is harmful, and also very costly.”