Kimberly Dearman, a police dispatcher at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, says that she was fired for comments she made backing President Trump’s initial travel ban, the La Crosse Tribune reports.
According to a letter that her lawyer, Lee Fehr, sent to the Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents, Ms. Dearman’s comments to a coworker were in response to a campuswide email from La Crosse’s chancellor, Joe Gow, that criticized the move by the president. Mr. Fehr told the newspaper he had taken no legal action against the university but had asked that Ms. Dearman be reinstated to her position.
“It’s a very tragic situation,” said Mr. Fehr. “That an employee in casual conversation would end up losing her job” because she offended another employee.
Mr. Gow, however, dismissed the claim that Ms. Dearman had been removed for political reasons. He told the Tribune that he does not know her.
“We would never let someone go based on their political beliefs,” Mr. Gow said. “We always follow due process and policy if anyone is let go.”