Basu: State covers up instead of acting against higher ups

Say you report to a government investigator that your former boss, a state agency director, made a move on you, then retaliated by laying you off for rejecting it. What should you expect — an apology? Disciplinary action against him? Your job back?

Exactly nothing is what Lisa Purvis got.

The former marketing director and legislative liaison at the Iowa Veterans Home testified to the Iowa Department of Administrative Services two years ago that her former boss, Commandant David Worley, had taken punitive action against her after she failed to respond to his “Your place or mine?” remark when she was leaving work one day. She also told them he harassed, bullied and intimidated veterans and employees, and lied to agency staff and legislators about matters related to the home.

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