The Iowa Supreme Court has
scheduled a special evening session on March 4 to hear oral arguments in
Godfrey v. State of Iowa, a case in which the state's workers' compensation
commissioner sued Gov. Terry Branstad and the state for alleged discrimination.
Plaintiff Christopher Godfrey, whose term as workers' compensation commissioner
ends April 30, 2015, sued the state on a variety of claims, including violation
of his constitutional rights, defamation, and intentional interference with
contract. Branstad cut his salary by one-third after Godfrey refused to submit
his resignation in July 2011; Godfrey alleged he was being targeted because he
is gay. Proceedings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom
on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Ave., and
will also be streamed live from the Iowa
Judicial Branch website.