Transgender prison nurse files discrimination complaint against Iowa Department of Corrections | The Gazette

jesseA transgender nurse at the state women’s prison in Mitchellville has filed a civil rights complaint against the Iowa Department of Corrections alleging the agency won’t let him use the men’s restroom and locker room.

Jesse Vroegh, 34, who has worked for the Corrections Department since 2009, also asserts in the complaint filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission that the state violated his rights by not providing insurance that covers breast removal surgery.

Vroegh, accompanied by his wife, Jackie, spoke to reporters at a news conference Thursday in Des Moines. He described telling his supervisors at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in March 2014 he was transitioning to living as a man at work.


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