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Iowa DNR reinstates fired engineer with 2 years of back pay

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A state engineer fired in 2014 for giving sexually inappropriate buttons to a female coworker will be reinstated with $173,000 in back pay after successfully appealing his termination.

Bruce Flippin will return Monday to a $91,000 job with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, two years after the incident that prompted his firing.

An administrative law judge has concluded Flippin violated DNR work rules but that termination wasn't justified. The Public Employment Relations Board reduced the firing to a five-day suspension and ordered Flippin reinstated with back pay.

At issue was whether DNR had cause to fire Flippin after he gave home-made buttons to two female colleagues that contained phrases with sexual innuendo as "gifts" in January 2014.

Flippin was fired after one of the women complained they were offensive.
   

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