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Report: Tennessee agency dealings with sex harassment differ

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A newspaper's analysis of state government data shows an inconsistent process of investigating sexual harassment complaints involving Tennessee agencies and handing out punishments.

The Tennessean ( ) reports at least 460 such complaints have been lodged against state employees or contractors since 2010. About 190 incidents were found to have merit, and the consequences for state employees varied widely.

According to the newspaper, employees in one agency were given minor sanctions, while at other agencies, workers were fired for verbal harassment. Nearly two-thirds of complaint investigations were closed because investigators said they found no wrongdoing.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Haslam referred questions to Department of Human Resources Commissioner Rebecca Hunter, who said government employees receive regular training on workplace discrimination. She says sexual harassment in state government isn't rampant.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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