USDA On Hot Seat With Congress for Lazy Response to Harassment of Female Wildlife Fires

Moms and Dads may want to think twice about letting their daughters work out in the field for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Department officials received scathing criticism Thursday at a meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for their response to allegations of harassment from female wildfire fighters who worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

Or, more aptly, put, nonresponse.

A firefighter who said she was repeatedly groped by a fire supervisor who was a known bully said that nobody in authority did anything about it.

After several years of allegedly harassing women the supervisor was allowed to retire with government benefits.

Another female firefighter–with 31 years of experience–said “the groping started as soon as I took the job”, at age 18, also that she had been passed over for promotions 40 times.

The federal government is supposed to be a model employer, one that the private sector looks to emulate.

Private sector employers should look elsewhere than the U.S. Forest Service for positive example-setting.

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