- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Five employees at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown were fired earlier this year after a sexual harassment investigation, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad confirmed Thursday.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers declined to offer details, calling it a personnel matter. The firings were first reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The investigation became public because several fired workers had hearings related to their eligibility for unemployment benefits. Decisions in those cases were made public.

Documents say the investigation was into a complaint of sexual harassment made against a food service worker.

A call to the home’s Commandant Jodi Tymeson was not immediately returned. Branstad expressed support for Tymeson’s leadership on Thursday, saying that she handled the situation appropriately.

“I think she did the right thing, absolutely,” Branstad said.

More than 600 veterans and their spouses live in nursing home and assisted living facilities at the Iowa Veterans Home, on a 150-acre campus. The home has nearly 1,000 workers and is Iowa’s largest nursing facility.

The previous leadership at the home had come under scrutiny. Former commandant, David Worley, who had been hired under Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in 2010, resigned in October after months of criticism from Democrats and former employees over the treatment of staff and quality of care.

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