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Board finds 'express bias' in firing of Iowa OSHA inspector

Travis Stein says the ruling backs his claims that he was fired due to retaliation.
Credit: AP
This undated photo provided by Travis Stein, shows Stein, a former inspector with the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Iowa Public Employment Relations Board has overturned the firing of a workplace safety inspector, finding that he unfairly faced retribution after reporting a hostile work environment inside the agency. The board found that managers at the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted with “express bias” when they opened a disciplinary investigation into Stein for missing a meeting in November 2018. (Travis Stein via AP)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Public Employment Relations Board has overturned the firing of a workplace safety inspector, finding that he unfairly faced retribution after reporting a hostile work environment inside the agency. 

The board found that managers at the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted with “express bias” when they opened a disciplinary investigation into Travis Stein for missing a meeting in November 2018. The decision found that the agency had never before punished a worker for missing a meeting and that the investigation of Stein was unfair and incomplete. 

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Stein says the ruling backs his claim that his January 2019 firing was motivated by retaliation and built on false statements.