Iowa state agency to pay for sexual harassment settlement

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After state officials agreed to pay more than $4 million to two women who said they were sexually harassed by a former head of a state agency, the Iowa Finance Authority Board is using its reserve funds to pay for the settlement.

The case has is about former IFA director Dave Jamison. In March 2018, he was fired by Gov. Reynolds after a female employee came to the governor’s staff and complained of being sexually harassed by Jamison while working at the agency. In later months, a report came out that showed Jamison had indeed been inappropriate with employees.

This week, a panel of state officials approved a payment of more than $4 million to two women who alleged sexual harassment by Jamison. On Wednesday, IFA said it would be paying for the settlement package.

“The payment is coming from a reserve fund comprised of interest earned on investments over time,” wrote the Iowa Finance Authority director Debi Durham. “It will not be funded by program or taxpayer dollars. This is the right decision and does not affect IFA’s ability to continue delivering great service to our customers. In fact, we hope this marks the end of what we know has been a difficult time for IFA staff and our focus can be on the future going forward.”

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