CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The Inspector General for the United States Postal Service said an overwhelming majority of managers handling sexual harassment complaints didn’t complete the required training on how to handle those complaints.
The audit, which was released earlier this month, said this increased the possibility that complaints were delayed or mismanaged. The report also said the Postal Service may not have a complete picture of the extent sexual harassment goes unreported to management, data related to certain sexual harassment complaints is unreliable and the postal service doesn’t investigate dismissed complaints from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
It cites our KCRG-TV9 i9 Investigative Team’s story in April where a mail carrier and supervisor said employees made sexual comments about women’s breasts, genitals, and sexual performance. The supervisor said complaints were never investigated and he wasn’t trained on how to handle complaints. Documents, which our i9 Investigative Team received from a public records request, show a manager received a warning in lieu of a suspension after making sexual comments. The manager was fired after he faced more accusations.