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National Park Service employees say sexual harassment is rampant

A toxic workplace culture has been revealed by employees of the National Park Service. A shocking 39 percent of National Park Service employees say that they have been either discriminated against or harassed at work. The details were revealed in a complaint made by employees to the Interior Department.

According to the complaint, more than 10 percent of National Park Service employees suffered from sexual harassment, 20 percent experienced gender-based harassment and .95 percent suffered from sexual assault -- all within the last 12 months. Seventy-five percent of the harassment victims said they failed to report the incidents. The reason was because they did not believe that their complaints would be acted upon. Thirty-three percent of the harassment victims said that they had no faith in the internal complaint process.

A sociology professor from the University of Maine said that the National Park Service needs to work to improve its work environment by training all employees -- even those positioned at the top of the organization. She said that until employees can trust that management will listen to their complaints -- and that harassment will be stopped -- the culture will probably persist.

On-the-job sexual harassment is unlawful -- no matter where you work. If you're at a government job or a private one, you can fight back against the people harassing you and demand that the behavior stop. You can also pursue financial damages in court if you have suffered from retaliation, lost your job or experienced other ill effects related to being sexually harassed or discriminated against at your workplace.

Source: Buzzfeed, "39% Of National Park Employees Say They've Faced Sexual Harassment Or Discrimination," Nidhi Subbaraman, Oct. 17, 2017

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