California travelers might be interested to learn about a new government report that details a series of sexual harassment incidents that allegedly occurred during river trips in Grand Canyon National Park. The report was released by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General on Jan. 12.
The OIG conducted its investigation in response to a sexual harassment complaint filed by 13 current and former Grand Canyon employees in 2014. The complaint listed abuse incidents dating back 15 years, including a boatman snapping a photo under a female employee’s shirt and a supervisor grabbing another female employee’s crotch. According to the report, approximately 12 employees have been disciplined for sexual harassment since 2003, but the penalties have been inconsistent, ranging from written warnings to firings.
The report also criticized the Grand Canyon Park Service for failing to safeguard the identities of the women who filed the 2014 complaint. The document was released to at least two subjects listed in the complaint. The National Parks Service said that alcohol played a role in some of the incidents, and it has since banned alcohol consumption during river trips. It also now requires park employees to listen to a brief presentation outlining proper conduct during trips. Those who act inappropriately are removed from the event.
California employees who believe they have been subjected to workplace sexual harassment may want to speak with an employment law attorney to see what remedies exist. An attorney could carefully review a complaint and recommend the best course of legal action.
Source: CBS News, “Report charts history of sexual harassment at Grand Canyon,” Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2016