Stillwater prison warden fired for inappropriate workplace behavior

- The prison warden in Stillwater, Minnesota, who was on "investigative leave," has been fired for violating workplace policies regarding anti-discrimination and sexual harassment and more, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections communications director. 

Warden Steve Hammer from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater was placed on leave on Aug. 29. His termination went into effect on Oct. 19, according to the termination letter obtained by Fox 9. 

The letter states investigators "substantiated several of the allegations" against Hammer. He was fired for violating the following employee policies: personal code of conduct, respectful workplace, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment, electronic communications, and personnel files.

"Your actions resulted in a breach of trust and confidence that are required for these positions," the lettter stated. 

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Hammer had faced disciplinary action in the past when he worked at two other correctional facilities. One case involved "allegations of inappropriate conduct and sexual harassment," for which he received a one-day suspension. He also once received a written reprimand for having a romantic relationship with an employee.

Hammer can appeal his termination within 30 days.

Officials say an acting warden has been in place since Hammer was put on leave and a permanent warden will soon be announced.


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