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Montana Women’s Prison warden retires after hostile work environment complaints

Jo Acton, the warden at Montana Women’s Prison, announced her retirement a week after she was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of a hostile work environment complaint.

A Montana Women’s Prison employee sent an email to the state Department of Corrections HR chief alleging that Acton was a bad boss who created an unprofessional and hostile work environment for her employees.

The HR chief interviewed six employees who worked with Acton at Montana Women’s Prison. The employees claimed that Acton managed by fear and intimidation, that she often used profanity, talked negatively about employees in front of other employees, and that she lacked professionalism and management skills

The Montana Department of Corrections placed Acton on paid administrative leave on March 13 pending a formal investigation of the hostile workplace accusations. On March 18 Acton announced that she was retiring.

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