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Congressman will refer Cedar Rapids sexual harassment claims to federal investigators

April 18, 2022


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Two members of Iowa’s congressional delegation will try to get the attention of the Inspector General’s Office at the United States Postal Service after an i9 Investigation on working conditions inside a Cedar Rapids Post Office.

Our KCRG-TV9 i9 Investigative Team reported on Thursday a culture of persistent sexual harassment exists within the United States Postal Service’s Northeast Station. A current and former employee described the station’s work environment as toxic where employees regularly make sexual comments about women’s bodies and ability to have sex.

After our i9 Team shared a list of allegations from a mail carrier, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Ashley Hinson’s (R-01) offices are working to bring those allegations to the agency’s inspector general’s office.

That’s an independent oversight entity within the Postal Service, which has the ability to perform investigations and audits to prevent fraud, waste, and misconduct.

The efforts from Hinson and Grassley’s Offices could result in an independent federal investigation. The office, which regularly displays its findings publically, also gives recommendations and requires responses to those recommendations similar to a state audit.

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