Oversight of the National Park Service, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourtheenth Congress, Second Session, June 14, 2016   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 14, 2016 hearing, "Oversight of the National Park Service," before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the Investigative Report of Misconduct at the Grand Canyon River District: "We learned during our investigation that GRCA [Grand Canyon National Park] management disciplined two of the complainants and did not renew their term employment after other GRCA employees filed sexual misconduct complaints against them following a February 2014 river trip. The two former employees said that the complaints against them were an attempt at retribution because the other GRCA employees were friends with two River District boatmen who had been disciplined in the past after the former employees filed sexual harassment complaints against them. We investigated the complaints of misconduct against the two former employees, as well as the actions GRCA management took in response. We found evidence of a long-term pattern of sexual harassment and hostile work environment in the GRCA River District. In addition to the 13 original complainants, we identified 22 other individuals who reported experiencing or witnessing sexual harassment and hostile work environments while working in the River District. We also confirmed that some of the incidents were reported to GRCA supervisors and managers but were not properly investigated or reported to HR [Human Resources] and EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity]. This violated DOI [Department of the Interior] policies requiring managers and supervisors to promptly report such complaints." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mary Kendall and Jonathan Jarvis.

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