City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart released a report this week outlining several recommendations to the city’s current sexual harassment policy. Among the suggested changes are reforms for training and altering the way that complaints are handled.
The report concluded that the city too often has handed the reins of an investigation to an inexperienced employee, and has lacked consistent disciplinary and reporting guidelines.
Mayor James Kenney has publicly supported the recommendations, and has signaled that changes are coming soon. The report also garnered support from the Fraternal Order of Police.
The need for change is clear, given that the city has paid out at least $2.2 million – and potentially more – in harassment settlements since 2012.
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