Workplace sexual harassment can happen anywhere. While most people think of this type of harassment occurring in an office environment, recent examples prove that this conduct can happen anywhere.
Recent reports of sexual harassment at America’s national parks have been shining light on what many say has been going on for years.
Female National Park employees have reported many different examples of harassment at U.S. National Parks. One employee stated that her supervisor pushed her against a wall and attempted to kiss her. Another employee stated that her supervisor ran his fingers through her hair at a work event. Another employee reported that a male colleague was spying on her through a bathroom window.
There have been reports of long-term harassment as well. Male boatmen in Grand Canyon’s river district have been accused of sexual harassment spanning 20+ years. A Yosemite employee reported long-term “bullying, gender bias and favoritism”
These are just a few of many reported incidents.
The harassment seems to be occurring nationwide. There have been reports of sexual harassment at Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and other national parks.
Some criticize the National Park Service for not doing enough. And many employees seem to have little confidence that speaking out will do any good.
The National Park Service took steps last spring to address the sexual harassment, taking a “zero tolerance” position on sexual harassment. They are also requiring employees to take an online anti-harassment training. But when the case was reviewed by the congressional committee, they accused the National Park Service of not doing enough. Worse, there are no reports of employees being fired for sexual misconduct in the past few years.
Victims do not have to tolerate sexual harassment. Employees should not have to fear coming to work. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against the victim for any reporting sexual harassment.
The law protects victims. But it can be frightening for a victim to speak out. This is why it is advisable to work with an employment law attorney as opposed to handling this solo.
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