One Iowa Celebrates Polk County District Court Decision in Favor of Jesse Vroegh

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, a Polk County District Court jury ruled that the Iowa Department of Corrections violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act by discriminating against Jesse Vroegh, a transgender nurse formerly employed by the department, based on sex and gender identity. More information about the case can be found here.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel praised the jury’s decision:

“This is a historic win for transgender Iowans. Transgender Iowans have been protected from discrimination based on gender identity since 2007, and this is the first district case where those protections have been put to the test.

At One Iowa, we want to thank Jesse Vroegh for taking a stand, subjecting his life to public scrutiny in order to ensure he and all other transgender Iowans are treated equally. We also want to thank the ACLU of Iowa for their incredible legal work and the Polk County District Court jury on this case for making the right decision.”