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Interior Secretary Zinke vows to end culture of harassment and intimidation in Park Service

Interior Secretary Zinke vows to end culture of harassment and intimidation in Park Service

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday announced a plan to combat sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation of employees within America’s national parks system and to hold managers accountable if inappropriate behavior is ignored.

The plan aims to change an embedded culture that Zinke said has allowed senior officials to downplay or stonewall complaints from mostly female workers of being physically threatened, propositioned for sex and inappropriately touched.

“In the past, ‘zero tolerance’ has been an empty phrase — instead of taking action,...

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