Two new whistleblowers come forward at Phoenix VA with concerns

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Marci Jarome, left, and Pauline DeWenter said they're being stonewalled by their manager at the Phoenix VA (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Marci Jarome, left, and Pauline DeWenter said they're being stonewalled by their manager at the Phoenix VA (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Two Phoenix VA workers say they're being denied promotions by their manager (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Two Phoenix VA workers say they're being denied promotions by their manager (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Employees at the Phoenix VA say they're being stonewalled by their own manager.

Those two women say employees are leaving the facility because of it.

Multiple employees under his management are either quitting or trying to get transferred, according to these whistleblowers.  They say they have complained for months and question why it continues to happen and why he hasn't been removed or reprimanded.

"I've been complaining and saying this is not fair, what has to happen for people to open their eyes and I feel like this is my last resort, like something has to give," said Marci Jarome, a lead medical  support assistant at the Phoenix VA.

Jarome admits it wasn't easy bringing her concerns within the phoenix VA forward but says she felt all other options have been exhausted and her concerns have fallen on deaf ears. She has been trying to get promoted to a supervisor position for months and claims her manager in the Specialty Care division is playing favorites.

"I don't want to work with the bad apples because I'm a good apple, I want the good apples to be promoted and do what they deserve and right now we're not getting it, the bad apples are getting promoted and it's not a good situation at all," said Jarome. 

Jarome is not alone, Pauline DeWenter says she too has been stonewalled in the promotion process.

"I was told if I did not get along with a certain employee who in my opinion is his favorite that I would not even be granted an interview for this supervisor position," she said.  

DeWenter says the manager routinely harasses, threatens and humiliates fellow supervisors and employees. 

The two took their concerns to senior leadership months ago and were told "we're working on it" but the due-process they say is taking too long and the practices continue.  

"I understand it takes time to do these things but at the same time if you have a person still sitting in the position and he's going to dictate who he hires we are going to do what we did before when we hit the news in 2014 and I don't want that to happen," said Jarome.

"Hopefully, this will spark another investigation and look into the accusations we're bringing forward and that's the only thing I can hope for," DeWenter said. 

Friday will be DeWenter's last day at the Phoenix VA and says thanks to another employee stepping in, she got that promotion and will be working at another facility.  Jarome is still waiting. We are also waiting on a response from the Phoenix VA. 

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