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Sexual harassment rampant among national parks employees

Numerous reports are coming out that illustrate a culture of sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, and other misconduct is visited upon female employees of the U.S. National Park Service, including iconic locations such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. So far, at no less than 18 people have come forward with allegations of harassment at Yosemite Park.

The complaints follow a report conducted by an inspector general which found that male employees preyed on female employees at the Grand Canyon. Some male employees even demanded sex and retaliated when their colleagues refused.

According to Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the oversight and government reform committee, these various reports indicate a pattern of behavior that is not tolerable. The testimony even discussed a male employee who was removed from his position in Yosemite Park and eventually rose to become deputy superintendent.

The investigating committee promised to implement a comprehensive plan to address and prevent the harassment. The National Park Service agreed and will begin implementing the plan as soon as possible. The National Park Service also set up a hotline for employees to call and report harassment.

If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, then you may want to speak with an attorney, you could have an actionable claim for damages. It is a fundamental right for all workers to do their job in a hostile-free work environment. You shouldn't have to be afraid to go to work. A lawyer can help you speak up for yourself, so you don't have to live in fear any longer.

Source: The Guardian, "Sexual harassment reportedly rampant among US national parks employees," Sept. 23, 2016

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