Settlement reached in Iowa bathroom discrimination

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Johnson County and its sheriff’s department have reached a settlement with a transgender woman over the courthouse’s bathroom policy.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1c1pRe4 ) the settlement with 56-year-old Jodie Jones, of Iowa City, means deputies will receive new training on civil rights matters and the county will clarify its policy on public restroom use.

Jones filed a complaint after she was denied access by a female deputy in November 2011 to use a women’s restroom at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Under Iowa law, it is discriminatory to deny a person such a use based on their gender identity.

An administrative law judge later ruled that there was probable cause supporting Jones’ claims of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sex and sexual orientation in a public accommodation.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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