IWD ALLEGATIONS: Director Defends Herself Amidst More Complaints

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Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert is defending herself against allegations that she tried to influence administrative law judges who decide unemployment compensation cases to side with employers rather than employees.

In a letter to the US Department of Labor, Wahlert says State Senator Bill Dotzler, who is making the accusations: “Contends that I am interfering in the independence of the ALJ`s’ and that he has clear evidence, however the evidence has not been provided.”

As for allegations that Wahlert created a hostile work environment, she writes: “The state has specific guidelines for employees to file a hostile work environment complaint, of which I have received none.”

But one former employee, who asked that we shield his identity because he now works for a different state agency, says there have been complaints.

“An individual filed a grievance about violence in the workplace. Being harassed. Sexually harassed, and verbally abused,” our source said. “I’ve seen some of my friends that work there break down and cry. I’ve seen that people are tortured as far as getting yelled at. Screamed at. Chased into rooms. And just…just mentally abused.”

Iowa Workforce Development is also defending itself against accusations that it provided tips for employers on how to avoid claims. A spokeswoman points out the agency also provides similar tips for employees.

11 comments

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I GOT NEWS FOR YA!!
    YOU ARE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO FIX THIS!! SO GIVE IT UP!!!

    I BEEN OUT OF A JOB FOR 2 DECADES.
    I GETTING NO UN-EMPLOYMENT/NO JOB/NO INTERVIEWS/NO DISABILITY/NO WELFARE/NO NOTHING!!! NOT EVEN GETTING MONEY FROM MY BROTHER-IOWA LOTTERY WINNER!!!
    AND HE DEFINITELY DON’T DESERVE THAT MONEY!!!

    I GAIN WEIGHT OVER THE YRS FROM NOT WORKING & WAS TIPPING THE SCALES TO 380-400 POUNDS.
    HAD GASTRIC BY-PASS & LOST 246 POUNDS-I’M DOWN TO 144 POUNDS & VOLUNTEERING IN MY COMMUNITY & WALK 5 MILES A DAY!!
    I KNOW I HAVE ALOT FANS BEHIND ME!!CAUSE I GOT THE WEIGHT OFF!!!

    AND MY HUSBAND FROM THE AMANA’S, ‘KNOWS THESE JUDGE’S SIDE WITH THE EMPLOYER’S & THE CEDAR RAPIDS OFFICE WAS THE WORST’

  • Sammy Soso

    This state is full of corruption. Branstad makes a poor govenor. Everytime he has gotten into office the state takes a nose dive.

    • Rebecca Hergert

      I NOTICE A REGISTER REPORTER WAS TRYING TO CATCH BRANSTAD OFF THE PLANE COMING BACK FROM ARIZONA.

      I CAN SEE WHERE HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE INTERVIEW.

      BUT BRANSTAD DOESN’T LOOK WELL. HE SEEM OUT OF BREATH, BEAT, EXHAUSTED, TIRED, OLD, GREY HAIR FROM COMING BACK FROM VACATION.

      IF A PERSON TAKES A BREAK FROM THEIR JOB, THEY DON’T COME BACK LOOKING LIKE CRAP.
      THEY COME BACK RE-ENERGIZED!! READY TO GO!!

      IF YOU DON’T TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, IT’S GONNA CATCH UP WITH YOU!!

      YOU CAN’T LIVE HIGH ON THE HOG HERE & PULL STUNTS & EXPECT TO LIVE A LONG LIFE!!
      PEOPLE JUST DON’T HAVE ANY MORALS OR VALUES NO-MORE!!

      AND–
      THESE PEOPLE THAT WIN THE LOTTERY HERE. DON’T LOOK/ACT ANY BETTER THAN BRANSTAD. LOOKING LIKE A SLOB/OBESE ON TV & IN THE PAPER!!!

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I agree!

    Things just didn’t go right here when we move to Boone in May 1995.
    (KICKED-OUT OF 3 APTS-FOR PAYING OUR RENT ON TIME, THAT DIDN’T MAKE ANY SENSE- SO WE RENTED A HOUSE & THE OWNER-EMPLOYED BY THE DOT SAID, ‘WE WERE TH BEST RENTERS THEY EVER HAD, SO WE BOUGHT THE HOUSE!!)

    I swear Branstad FOLLOW ME, cause I wrote to him, when I resided in the Amana’s.
    That’s why I think there’s been trouble!!

    Now, he is hiding in Arizona!!

  • William Denison

    Lets not forget about all the hush money that has been paid out by these folks. Vote Out the GOP!!! Get your family and friends out this fall for mid terms. This is not the Iowa I know and love.

  • Lori Showden

    If the judge says IWD is corrupt I tend to believe her. Besides I’ve seen it for myself also. This really is going to grow into a hugh story in the weeks to come.

    • Mary

      This has been a three year investigation for the DM Register. Thank you DM Register and WHO for informing the people!

  • Bob Gulecas

    There is a long history of corruption, incompetency, and crooked political appointees at IWD. Remember CIETC, the 1993 prisoner sex scandal at IWD, the ex-labor commissioner who received stolen suits etc?

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