AFSCME Iowa Council 61 - Every Day. Everywhere. Making Iowa Better.

STATEMENT ON D.O.C. VIOLATIONS OF NURSE’S CIVIL RIGHTS

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding Iowa Department of Corrections nurse Jesse Vroegh:

“We are disappointed in the Department of Corrections for their clear violation of Jesse’s civil rights on the basis of his gender identity. DOC was informed in 2014 of Jesse’s transition at work, so they have had more than enough time to become an inclusive workplace. He is a man and that should be all that matters. Why anything beyond that is the Department’s business is beyond me. Jesse has been clear that he is not seeking special treatment; the requested accommodations are things like a place to shower and health care coverage. He wants to be treated like everyone else. We stand in support of Jesse and his pursuit of a safe and inclusive working environment.”

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