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By RYAN J. FOLEY

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An administrative law judge says he's retiring early, months after testifying about a hostile work environment in Iowa Workforce Development.

Marlon Mormann, of the unemployment appeals bureau, submitted his retirement Monday. He's worked at the agency since 1990.

The 58-year-old says he's disappointed after enduring "the worst year of my career" but that it was time to leave an uncomfortable situation.

Mormann testified to a legislative panel in August about how judges faced pressure and excessive caseloads under Director Teresa Wahlert. He says judges became burnt out, affecting their rulings.

Mormann objected to Wahlert's decision to eliminate a chief judge position who managed the bureau and assume that responsibility herself. Mormann says being supervised by a non-lawyer and political appointee raised ethical issues.

An agency spokeswoman didn't immediately return messages.

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