State Fair assistant director fired for making lewd comments

The new assistant director of the New York State Fair has been fired for reportedly making lewd comments, a little more than a month after starting his new job.

According to Joe Morrissey, spokesman for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Karl Gustafson has been dismissed from his position with the Fair because he â??created a hostile work environment, for which this administration has zero tolerance.â??

Morrissey says Gustafson â??made lewd commentsâ??, but couldnâ??t say to whom the comments were made, when the incident took place, or how it came to the departmentâ??s attention.

Gustafson was fired on May 22nd. He started the job on April 11th, just six weeks prior.

Morrissey wouldnâ??t specify who made the decision to fire Gustafson, but added â??when we were alerted to the situation, we acted very swiftly.â??

Gustafson was one of two Fair assistant directors. His salary was $101,715. Morrissey says he canâ??t speculate on if Gustafson will be replaced.

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