- Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the firing of a woman who failed to immediately report suspected abuse at the Beatrice State Developmental Center.

Raynette Essman, of Beatice, lost her job in 2012 even though the abuse she heard about from another employee turned out to be false.

Officials say Essman’s failure to report what she heard until two days later violated the zero-tolerance policy adopted after past problems with abuse at the center for developmentally disabled adults.

Essman says she delayed reporting what she heard because she wasn’t sure it was true and wanted to report it to her supervisor.

The Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled Monday Essman did violate the policy requiring immediate reporting. The court said firing was an appropriate response even though Essman had a clean record.

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