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Friday, December 10, 2004

Two Time Losers - Not in the Traditional Sense

Probably what two Oregon Agriculture department officials are feeling like as the 2nd discrimination suit in which they were the key actors went against the state, this time a loss of $425,000. According to the story at the KATU website, State employees could be punished over discrimination suit, this was not the first time that the conduct of John Szczepanski, assistant director, and Jeff Hyatt, export program manager had been at the center of a loss. In 2003 the verdict was more than a million dollars. An Ag department spokesman said the terminations that led to both suits were the cause of budget cuts, but they also say that they are reviewing whether there is sufficient basis to discipline the two employees. Hardly a vote of confidence.

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