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Larry Kay and Bryan Hunt accused of workplace bullying and retaliation at Missouri Veterans Commission

Larry D. Kay named in EEOC hostile work environment complaint

Larry D. Kay

In May 2010, former Missouri Veterans Commission employee Patricia Rowe Kerr filed hostile work environment and age discrimination complaints with the EEOC and the Missouri Human Rights Commission.

Rowe Kerr’s complaint claims that Executive Director Larry D. Kay and Deputy Director Bryan Hunt discriminated against her, created a hostile work environment, and retaliated against her when she complained about the alleged harassment.

According to Rowe Kerr’s complaint, Bryan Hunt allegedly “made comments that the Missouri Veterans Commission needed to get rid of old people” during an office meeting.  Larry Kay allegedly told Rowe Kerr that she “should get the senior citizen’s discount” at a Denny’s Restaurant.

The complaint claims that Kay made the following statements to Rowe Kerr:

  • “If you hurt us over here, I will come over there and hurt you. This is not a threat. It’s a promise, and I’m going to make it personal.”
  • Kay said that he had “killed people before.”  He said that he was “going to come after” Rowe Kerr, and he was “not making threats, these are promises,” and that he “always carried a knife.”
  • “If you think the governor is going to choose between you and me, a returning war hero, go ahead, take me on; I’m ready for you.”

Rowe Kerr also alleges that Kay “continually and repeatedly criticized women in the office, compelling multiple women to cry, and then bragged about it.”

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