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Ricketts fires Nebraska official for not stopping harassment

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has fired a state agency director who allegedly failed to address complaints that a temporary employee bullied and discriminated against women.

Ricketts announced the dismissal Thursday of Byron Diamond, director of the Department of Administrative Services.

Ricketts says Diamond had received numerous complaints that the unnamed employee was acting combative and disrespectful toward female co-workers and was told to deal with the problem, but did not do so. The employee accused of the inappropriate behavior was also fired.

Ricketts says he was “angry and disappointed” with Diamond’s handling of the situation after he was shown the results of an independent investigation into the matter. Investigators talked to about 20 people and presented the results to Ricketts on Wednesday.

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