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Sen. Krist says Gov. Ricketts is out of touch with women of Nebraska

Statement on firing of DAS Director

LINCOLN, NE – Sen. Bob Krist statement on the firing of state’s director of administrative services.

“It was common knowledge for over a year now, that Director Diamond was allowing the mistreatment of women and other employees. I question why Gov. Ricketts waited until now, just days before the election, to finally take action.”

“Women should be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace, they should not – under any circumstance – be expected to endure harassment or discrimination, and no person should work in state government who either condones, ignores or would allow this kind of behavior.”

“In the Krist/Walz administration, women will be supported, respected, and harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated.”

“Unfortunately, under the Ricketts administration, this has not always been the case. Time and again, the Ricketts administration has been out of touch with the women of Nebraska and indifferent to claims of discrimination and harassment. Today’s firing is the latest in a pattern of misconduct in the Ricketts administration.”

Max Kelch, an appointee by Pete Ricketts to the Nebraska Supreme Court, resigned amidst accusations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate workplace harassment.

Pete Ricketts’ former administrative assistant was fired from her job. She was told that her position had been eliminated due to budget cuts – but then was replaced with another woman four decades younger.

The decision by Gov. Ricketts to appoint Brad Rice to lead the State Patrol was shocking and turned out to be a terrible decision. Ricketts said about Rice, “I know his integrity will direct his decisions as he works with patrol members across the state to protect public safety.” But Brad Rice turned out to be anything but a person of integrity.  

He made comments that women did not belong in law enforcement.  

He violated the agency's workplace harassment and equal opportunity policies.  

He allowed women to be subjected to invasive physical exams.  

He inappropriately interfered with internal affairs investigations.    




November 1, 2018 
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