DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agreed to help conceal why at least 55 state workers had been fired by allowing them to voluntarily resign or retire.
In some cases the state even removed all evidence of past wrongdoing from personnel records.
That means future employers might not know about an individual's troubled past before considering hiring them.
State Sen. Julian Garrett, R-Indianola, says this practice is improper because it means Iowa is giving out false information about former employees.
But Matt Glasson, who teaches at the University of Iowa Labor Center, says the practice might not be that unusual. He says governments and private companies routinely make deals with disciplined employees.