Phoenix VA whistleblower claims she 'fell through the cracks'

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A new whistleblower comes forward about the Phoenix VA Medical Center (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A new whistleblower comes forward about the Phoenix VA Medical Center (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Latest whistleblower says the Phoenix VA didn't address her concerns about sexual harassment (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Latest whistleblower says the Phoenix VA didn't address her concerns about sexual harassment (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

More problems inside the troubled Phoenix VA as a new whistleblower comes forward.

The employee claims she brought concerns to the new director but hasn't seen action in weeks. The Navy veteran asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. 

"I told her the troubles I was having, and basically what she told me was I can't fire your boss," the whistleblower said as she recalled a desperate conversation about workforce and sexual harassment she had with the Medical Director Deborah Amdur a month ago. 

The employee says she waited to either be transferred or to see action taken against her supervisor. Instead, she says she received an email from the director telling her, "I may have let this slip, my sincerest apologies." 

She called that response a slap in the face. She's worked at the Phoenix VA for years and says she's witnessed scandal after scandal unfold and continued lack of accountability and action taken by senior leadership. 

"The VA all the way up allows them to do it, allows them to do it, they let them bully, they let 'em bully us," she said of supervisors. 

[READ MORE: Special section: VA hospital troubles]

She described it as a hostile environment that she says she can no longer take and worries about other qualified employees who are suffering, and even leaving the facility.  

"There are so many people that have to put up with this stuff that you get to the point where you stand up, or you get out," she said. 

The Phoenix VA Public Affairs Office released a statement that read:

"The leadership at the Phoenix VA takes employee concerns and allegation very seriously. There is a due process for each allegation, and each is investigated to the fullest extent. As this situation is currently under investigation - and with respect to the employee's privacy - it wouldn't be appropriate for us to make (a) comment at this time. The leadership team here supports and encourages a culture where employees are safe and comfortable bringing issues forward, knowing their issues will be addressed."

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