Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: Bureau's handling of sexual harassment and related complaints : statement for the record by Barney L. Gomez, Assistant Director, Office of Special Investigations, before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate

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Page 1 - Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work...
Page 4 - collateral-duty employee" is an employee who agrees to serve as an EEO counselor in addition to the employee's regularly assigned duties. procedures for handling EEO and sexual harassment complaints. Our interviews with BATF employees indicated that they were generally familiar with the avenues of redress available for EEO and sexual harassment concerns but not with BATF's policy on the role of internal offices. The management of Internal Affairs initially advised us that their office investigated...
Page 2 - We also reviewed investigations by BATF's Office of Law Enforcement and Treasury's Regional Complaint Centers. In addition, we conducted a more detailed examination of three specific sexual harassment complaints and reviewed files and conducted interviews concerning eight other reported incidents of alleged discrimination, including allegations of sexual harassment, gender and national origin discrimination, and retaliation.
Page 2 - ... of Compliance Operations. In the agency chain of command, BATF's Director of EO works closely with the agency Director, who is charged with administering the EEO program. EO has six regional managers, each of whom has a parttime student co-op as an assistant. These regional managers assist 2BATF's training manual on EEO characterizes allegations of sexual harassment as falling under one of two categories: "quid pro quo" and "hostile work environment.
Page 1 - BATF has not adequately developed, implemented, or communicated the roles of its Offices of Internal Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity (EO), and Law Enforcement and Treasury's Regional Complaint Centers in addressing incidents of alleged sexual harassment1 and other discriminatory behavior.
Page 1 - We are pleased to submit for your hearing today this statement for the record. At your request, we investigated allegations that fuel products illegally blended with hazardous wastes have been exported over the road between Canada and the United States, where their use may pose a threat to the environment and to public health and safety. Specifically, you asked that we determine, in so far as possible...
Page 3 - EEO counselor within 45 days of the last discriminatory event. Within the next 30 days, the EEO counselor must attempt to resolve the Batter informally.
Page 1 - Firearms (BATF) for the investigation and resolution of equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaints, with specific emphasis on sexual harassment.
Page 3 - ... Enforcement becomes involved in resolving allegations of sexual harassment. Development of BATF Roles According to BATF's EO, since its fiscal year 1992 implementation of a training plan, approximately 53 percent of BATF employees have received training specifically addressing BATF's policies and 3A "collateral-duty employee" is an employee who agrees to serve as an EEO counselor in addition to the employee's regularly assigned duties.
Page 8 - In a third case, we found no evidence that the investigator had asked the 8 complainant whether, at the time of the incident, the individual had confided in others about the incident. Our inquiry revealed that the complainant had done so. In a fourth case, not all witnesses of an alleged incident of sexual harassment were interviewed before disciplinary action was proposed.

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