- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park managers are asking employees to help change the workplace culture after a report found evidence of sexual harassment within the park’s maintenance division, superintendent Dan Wenk said.

The park has increased training and made sure employees know where they can go to report misconduct, Wenk told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (bit.ly/2pm51p0) on Wednesday.

Park managers will be considering other moves to address sexual harassment.

“They include personnel actions. They include organizational realignments. They include changes in policies and procedures,” Wenk said. “We will be taking action.”

No disciplinary action has yet been taken, Wenk said.

The Interior Department released a report earlier this month that found male supervisors and staff in the maintenance division created a work environment that included unwelcome and inappropriate comments and actions toward women. The allegations were raised last year by a former park employee.

Wenk said he reviewed the interview transcripts in the investigation.

“While the report said the problems are not systemic throughout Yellowstone National Park,” Wenk said, “I also know they’re not limited to one unit of Yellowstone National Park.”

The park held an all-employee meeting about the issue this week, he said.

“I told employees that we can’t change the culture of Yellowstone by edict. We have to have everybody’s help,” Wenk said.


Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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