- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa government employee who claimed co-workers lied in an effort to get him fired will be reimbursed more than $263,000, according to an administrative law judge who ruled in his case earlier this year.

Records released Tuesday show the state money owed to Ken Morrow will include more than $28,000 for health care premiums and nearly $9,000 for moving expenses, The Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1vVJVJD ).

Morrow, an employee for the state Department of Transportation, was fired in 2012 along with worker Steven Scott. Morrow was reinstated in July and Scott returned to work in September.

The men claimed they were treated like outsiders by veteran employees who resented that they were hired as managers. They said the veteran employees also lied under oath about Morrow and Scott’s actions as managers.

Administrative Law Judge Bob Wilson ruled in favor of Morrow and Scott earlier this year.

Records show Scott was reimbursed $158,000. Both men are now seeking additional pay for their legal expenses. That is estimated to be at least another $150,000, according to their attorney, Mark Sherinian.

Sherinian criticized the state for not taking steps to penalize the employees who were found to have lied about his clients. The newspaper reported the Branstad administration declined last month to discuss the issue, saying it was a personnel matter that does not have to be released under the state’s open records law.

Morrow and Scott have said they rejected settlement offers from the state that would have required confidentiality clauses. Such settlements are being investigated by the Senate Government Oversight Committee.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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