Ex-top judge at Iowa agency pleased to settle reprisal claim

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former top judge at Iowa Workforce Development says he’s pleased to settle a long-running lawsuit alleging that his 2013 layoff was retaliatory and unlawful. Joseph Walsh said the $99,000 payment recently approved by the state to settle his lawsuit could have been higher had he not been able to return to state employment shortly after his layoff. Iowa Workforce Development eliminated Walsh’s job shortly after he opposed an attempt to make his position a political appointment. Walsh contended, correctly, that federal law required his position to be merit-based and insulated from politics. The agency’s then-director Teresa Wahlert withdrew that plan but then abruptly laid him Walsh weeks later.last_img


first_imgdonegaldaily.com – Workmen in Letterkenny todayEXPERTS in dealing with flood defences have spent today working in the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital in a bid to prevent a repeat of July’s devastating floods.Workmen erected sandbags and brought in a digger as today’s downpours sent the burn which flows through the hospital soaring towards dangerous levels.There was widespread flooding on roads throughout Donegal today as weather forecasters predicted up to 35mm of rain. Showers are continuing in some areas but the worst of the downpours are over for today.Anti-flood experts moved back into the grounds of the hospital first thing this morning after heavy overnight rain.The flood defences were erected after the €20M disaster at the new wing of the hospital at the end of July.In that event 50mm of rain fell in just 90 minutes. Although today’s rainfall wasn’t as bad, hospital managers were taking no chances.CCTV and specialist alarm equipment has also been installed on the small river.“We are taking no chances with such downpours,” said one hospital insider.“There was heavy rain predicted and it did arrive but all the excellent work over the past seven weeks paid off today.” EXPERTS WORKING AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER DAY OF HEAVY RAIN was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily newsflood defencesletterkenny hospitalrainweatherlast_img read more