Watchdog Group Claims NPS Buried Harassment Report, Agency Disagrees

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At Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, officials claimed the report was intentionally “buried” to the detriment of the Park Service’s workforce.

“The Park Service has turned a deaf ear to a cry for help from its own workforce,” said Rocky Mountain PEER Director Chandra Rosenthal. “It is unlikely that the deep internal dysfunction the report described has improved but may have gotten worse.”

A crisis of sexual harassment in the agency came to national attention in 2015 when an investigation by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General discovered that for roughly 15 years life deep in the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park at times reflected rowdy, sexually charged scenes from a frat party for some National Park Service employees, with male employees pawing and propositioning female workers, some of who at times exhibited their own risqué behavior.

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