DES MOINES, Iowa — A female prison nurse who identifies as a male has succeeded in her discrimination lawsuit against the State of Iowa and has been awarded $120,000 by a jury after she challenged the denial of her request to use the men’s restroom and locker room at work, as well as the exclusion of “sex change”-related operations from her state employee insurance coverage.
“You need to let transgender people use the single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity, or face finding that you are breaking the law,” Melissa Hasso, one of the attorneys who handled the case along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the Des Moines Register.
Jesse Vroegh, 37, no longer works for the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, where she had been employed for seven years.
According to reports, she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2014 and informed her employers that she would be transitioning into a man.
A year later, she asked for permission to use the mens’ restroom, but was denied due to concerns about “the rights of the male officers.” Vroegh was asked to instead use a unisex restroom, but the restroom didn’t include a shower, so she says she wasn’t able to shower at work, including following one training session where she had been pepper sprayed.
Vroegh additionally sought to have her breasts removed, but discovered that the State does not include sex change operations in employee insurance packages.
Therefore, with the aid of the ACLU, she filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission alleging discrimination. The document asserted that the Department of Corrections violated her rights “by denying me access to male restrooms and locker rooms and insurance coverage for medically necessary surgery and other medical treatment because of my sex and gender identity.”
On Wednesday, a Polk County jury sided with Vreogh and awarded her $120,000. According to Metro Weekly, the jury concluded that the Department of Corrections had engaged in both sex discrimination and gender identity discrimination, which violates the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act.
The department is now “working with the Office of the Attorney General to review the decision and evaluate our options,” according to spokesman Cord Overton.
As previously reported, the Bible teaches that all men are in the same predicament: All are born with the Adamic sin nature, having various inherent inclinations that are contrary to the law of God and being utterly incapable of changing themselves. It is why Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, and pass from spiritual death into spiritual life, or they cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.
2 Corinthians 5 outlines, “For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.”
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”