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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  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Feb 13, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    I have talked to people who have read the entire report, and the former Dep Secretary was told by her own legal counsel as well as personnel officials that this would be illegal and considered retaliation, yet months later she acted on it and suspended them anyways. That's what happens when you let a 20-something year old be the Deputy Secretary of any cabinet. They just do not have the experience or even-temperament to make such decisions.
  • by Bill on Feb 13, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    Sounds like a bunch of democrats are going to get thier jobs back, Now that the repub. govener is gone.=It never stops in this state,they use the treasury to keep the votes flowing.Does anyone there give a ---, about the peoples needs.
  • by Ron Location: Berea on Feb 13, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    We have a very corrupt government, both local and federal. It is only a matter of time before we all are going to pay for it. The people are gettng angrier by the minute as this is brought out. The time bomb will go off at some time. I think the word is revolution. I don't know how to clean a mess this large, but it must happen.
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Feb 13, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    More of this goes on in the state offices than anyone knows about. The transportation cabinet is really good about doing this to its employees.


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