Former Shelter Director Makes Worst Bosses List
LAS VEGAS - A web site focused on exposing bosses who sexual harass their employees Thursday released a list of the 100 worst bosses in America--including three people from central Missouri. At number 13 on the list is Leigh Voltmer, who ran the True North Shelter in Columbia for community members who experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse. And at number 37 are Larry Kay and Bryan Hunt, both bosses at the Missouri Veterans Commission in Jefferson City.
The site states that in September, two former employees of Voltmer's filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charging sexual harrassment against Voltmer. On Aug. 3, 2009, Voltmer resigned as the executive director for unexplained reasons. Since then, previous co-directors Tracie Lawson and Nancy Gause have alerted the shelter's Board of Directors to inappropriate physical interactions initiated by Voltmer towards other staff members, citing incidents where she touched other employees under their supervision. Two weeks after the women made the allegations, Gause was fired and Lawson was demoted with a salary cut. EEOC is also pursuing a retaliation lawsuit since employees are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when the case concerns discrimination in the work environment.
At the Missouri Veterans Commission, the site said employee Patricia Rowe Kerr complained of a hostile work environment and age discrimination by Kay and Hunt.