A state commissioner has filed a lawsuit accusing Iowa Governor Terry Branstad of discrimination because the governor cut his salary by more than $30,000 after he declined to resign.
Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Polk County because he claimed Branstad illegally cut his salary from about $109,000 to $73,000 after Godfrey refused a request to quit.
Branstad says a series of court cases led to Godfrey's pay cut:
Branstad says since Godfrey refused to resign, he used his authority as Governor to cut Godfrey's pay:
Godfrey was appointed by former Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack and also says he was fired because he is gay.