INTERIOR/RYAN ZINKE: “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revealed today he has fired four senior managers at the Interior Department for inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment…
Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said in an email the department could not provide any specific information on the people who were fired but said they generally ‘abused their authority to intimidate or harass fellow employees. This includes but is not limited to sexual harassment.’
She also said the park superintendent at Yellowstone National Park has taken disciplinary action against a number of employees for instances of harassment. A report from the agency’s inspector general published in March found a negative work environment for women in the park that included inappropriate comments and actions toward women employees.
The department released the results of a workplace survey Thursday [12-14-17] where 35 percent of employees said they were harassed in the last year, with 8 percent saying they were sexually harassed. More than 200 employees who responded to that survey also reported experiencing sexual assault. About 28,300 employees responded to the survey which is 44 percent of the agency’s workforce, according to the release.
The inspector general’s office said they cannot comment on whether there are any active investigations into sexual harassment or assault.”
-Stephanie Ebbs, “4 senior managers at Interior Dept. fired for harassment,” ABC News, Dec. 14, 2017 07:07pm