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State Employee Ordered to Remove Gadsden Flag From Office

Don't Tread On Me
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A West Virginia water agency manager has been ordered to remove from his office wall a large Gadsen flag depicting a rattlesnake and the words, "Don't tread on me."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Mike Duminiak, who works at the state Water Development Authority, put up the Gadsden flag following a grievance hearing during which he said his fellow employees harassed him.

Chris Jarrett, the agency's executive director, says the flag made some people uncomfortable.

Duminiak initially refused to remove the flag, but complied after Jarrett warned that Duminiak would face "personnel action."

Earlier this year, Duminiak had filed a complaint against his co-workers, saying the falsely accused him of calling authorities to remove feral cats from the agency's property. A hearing officer rejected the complaint.

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