Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Governor defends handling of sexual harassment case

During a news conference today, Governor Matt Blunt explained his reasoning for keeping Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell on the job for nine months after a Highway Patrol investigation indicated Ferrell had considerable problems with his attitude and treatment of women:

Blunt said he had decided in May to reinstate Ferrell on the understanding he would apologize, take sensitivity training and help the state resolve the matter to Elder's satisfaction. "When it became clear that the offended employee was not satisfied and that we were not going to settle the matter, it was necessary to ask for and accept his resignation," Blunt said Wednesday.

In other words, mistreatment of women is not a firing offense, but doing it in such a way that it brings embarrassment to the governor is.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the Governor said that. Its a really stupid statement from a someone who you would have thought would be both young enough to know sexual harrassment is wrong and old enough to be responsible enough to do the right thing when confronted with it.