The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 21, 2014

State official denies Iowa senator's allegations

Associated Press

DES MOINES — A state official accused of improperly pressuring Iowa judges who hear unemployment cases to rule in favor of employers has issued a rebuttal.

Teresa Wahlert, Iowa Workforce Development director, wrote a letter Thursday to the U.S. Department of Labor that denied allegations made against her by Democratic Sen. William Dotzler, of Waterloo.

Dotzler sent a letter asking the federal agency to investigate whether Wahlert is violating federal laws requiring fair and impartial administration of unemployment benefits. In the letter, he alleges that Wahlert is directly interfering with the independence of administrative law judges.

Wahlert claims the allegations are false. In her rebuttal, she says she seeks to provide facts to the "inaccurate information" Dotzler has presented.

Dotzler continues to insist his allegations are true.