Nearly 40 percent of National Park Service employees
reported being harassed in the last year.
That's the finding of a newly-released survey that experts
say underscores the significant workplace harassment issues the agency is
About 19 percent of those who took the survey said they
experienced gender-based harassment, while 23 percent said they were harassed
based on age.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, the ranking member of the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, said the survey is
a call to action.
“Today’s announcement confirms what we’ve known for some
time – there is a pervasive culture of workplace harassment in the National
Park Service,” Hirono said, in a news release.
“Continued silence and inaction are completely unacceptable.
Working together, we can provide the necessary oversight and resources to
ensure that all NPS employees – regardless of age, race, gender, and sexual
orientation – have a safe working environment.”