Report Says Suspended Workers Were Victims Of Retaliation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A report says eight state workers suspended last year for allegedly misusing the Internet were apparently victims of retaliation by a superior.

The report on the Transportation Cabinet workers says the allegations of Internet use were based on faulty information. It also says cabinet officials knew that months before the eight were suspended last summer.

The Jan. 30 report comes from the cabinet's Inspector General.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says the report found evidence that former Deputy Secretary Crystal Murray Ducker pushed for the suspensions. It suggests that she was retaliating against employees
who cooperated in another investigation that led to the resignation of the director of the Office of Business and Occupational Development.

Ducker did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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