One toy banana, when put in the wrong hands, can do far more harm than good. That's what two officials from the Iowa workplace safety agency found out shortly before they departed their positions due to a banana toy-related scandal.
The governor's office received an anonymous complaint in July, alleging that two employees at the Occupational Safety And Health Agency, Dawn Chamberlain and Ben Brightman, "routinely passed around a child's banana toy made of soft, stretchy material that they pretended was a penis and waved at passing employees."
@APCentralRegion Aren't there any grownups anymore? 🤔— Carol Sundahl (@Carol Sundahl)1543863427.0
The complaint went on to say that other employees could not complain about the behavior because their supervisor, Deborah Babb, would often join in on it. This caused several employees, who felt intimidated, to leave their position at the agency, and a formal investigation began in July. Brightman commented to the Associated Press:
"I had a hard time defending myself because the allegations were so absurd, so ludicrous."
Complaint alleging Iowa OSHA employees used banana toy for sexual innuendo in the workplace triggered outside inves… https://t.co/ObyKjKMHK4— Ryan J. Foley (@Ryan J. Foley)1543861375.0
Chamberlain would later say that she had, indeed, brought the banana-shaped toy to work, but that she had never used it in the manner described by the complaint. The investigation would ultimately decide no disciplinary action was necessary against Chamberlain and Brightman.
'We're doomed.' #3 (And - no, this is not a Monty Python sketch...) https://t.co/jx753JLv2u via @thetakeout— [m|rosaria]casolino (@[m|rosaria]casolino)1544159791.0
Deborah Babb, however, left her job in October at the end of the investigation, and her boss, Jens Nissen, was fired by the Commissioner Of Labor on the same day. These actions all took place during Governor Reynolds' re-election campaign, during which Democrats accused the Republican Governor of "not responding properly to sexual misconduct allegations among state government employees."
Another way to lose a job in Iowa! If it were corn... different story. #iowa #corn #banana https://t.co/WCJzugofkk via @thetakeout— Michelle Mullica🤞⬅️1day I'd like justice (@Michelle Mullica🤞⬅️1day I'd like justice)1544163668.0
Twitter won't be playing with a banana toy any time soon.
@thetakeout https://t.co/nGacThHwMj— Ms. Williams (@Ms. Williams)1544131864.0
Will a 🍌ever again be just a 🍌, @kenw9270 @jjw520 @rolee2002? 😳😆😂 Banana-shaped toy involved in departure of two Io… https://t.co/G0IxATvCMH— Daniel J (@Daniel J)1544136354.0
@DanielJ11197 @jjw520 @rolee2002 @thetakeout Nope. Eggplant 🍆 are forever scarred as well. Hmm add peaches 🍑 to the list 🤔😂🤣— Ken (@Ken)1544136568.0
It just goes to show: you can never be too careful when a banana-shaped toy is nearby.
There is no room for horseplay of any kind in the workplace. Treat co-workers with #respect you'll be amazed how ma… https://t.co/6o8SaNJhGV— WarehouseFlow Advisr (@WarehouseFlow Advisr)1543964420.0