Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment

The report, by the House Oversight and Reform and Homeland Security Committees, accused the service of “leadership failures and a lack of accountability,” and was based on thousands of documents and interviews with Coast Guard personnel. The investigation focused on how the maritime agency handled two reports of harassment at the Coast Guard Academy, including one made by an instructor who identified as black and lesbian who said she was discriminated against and bullied by the agency’s leadership...

...“This report shows that the Coast Guard repeatedly swept allegations of bullying and harassment under the rug, and did not hold senior officials accountable for their actions,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee. “No employee should ever feel unsafe at work or worry about retaliation for sounding the alarm on misconduct.”

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