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Ex-DOT official Steven Krieser still fighting to get job back

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A former top official in the state Transportation Department is trying to win back an old job in the same agency.

Steven Krieser was let go last August as an assistant deputy secretary. That's after he ranted on Facebook, comparing undocumented immigrants to Satan.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the 44-year-old Krieser later asked the DOT to give him the job he held before he got promoted -- a civil service post as a program leader in the motor vehicle division.

Department Secretary Mark Gottlieb said no to that. Krieser then filed grievances with the agency's human resources office and the state Employment Relations agency -- and both were denied.

Recently, he filed a complaint with the state's Employment Relations Commission. It claims that his punishment was excessive -- although the Journal Sentinel said he was able to resign last summer before he could be fired.

On Facebook, Krieser was responding to comments about a controversial bumper sticker when he wrote that a "stream of wretched criminals" is crossing the border, ruining Southern states and breeding, "the animus that many American citizens feel toward them."

Krieser's new complaint said no DOT or civil service employee was disciplined or fired for what he called their "horrific" conduct during the 2011 protests over the state's public union bargaining limits.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)