Shawcroft is represented in her complaint by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a non-profit that works with public employees who want to point out government wrongdoing. There is no timeline for when a decision must be made on her complaint about the discipline, said Jeff Ruch, PEER’s Pacific director. She will continue working while the complaint is pending.
The Bureau of Land Management named Shawcroft its range management specialist of the year in 2012 and she’s only had one other disciplinary action taken in her 31-year career, Ruch said. A two-week, unpaid suspension is a heavy-handed punishment for sending emails to bosses about environmental destruction, he said.