The report came to light only after Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility disclosed it on Monday. The National Park Service subsequently distributed it to employees and posted it on its website. PEER accused NPS of seeking to bury the report, and while the agency said it has made progress on improving its culture, it conceded the report’s delayed release could have negative consequences. NPS commissioned the report—carried out by Sepler and Associates, a firm with experience in workplace investigations—following high-profile cases of rampant abuse and a 2017 investigation that found 35% of employees reported experiencing harassment in the previous 12 months.
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