Sexual harassment common at national parks, panel told

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 3:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is investigating complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at national parks across the country, including at iconic sites such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

At Yosemite, at least 18 employees have come forward with allegations of harassment or hostile work conditions.

At Yellowstone, officials are investigating complaints of sexual exploitation, intimidation and retaliation.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee heard testimony on the allegations Thursday. The complaints follow a report by the Interior Department's inspector general that found male employees at the Grand Canyon preyed on female colleagues, demanded sex and retaliated against women who refused.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said that instead of being fired, park officials accused of "hideous behavior" are often promoted or left unchallenged.