HILLARY CLINTON RAN A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
June 25, 2015
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"The woman who says she wants to be women's champion as President of the United States, helped her allegedly lecherous husband to all but destroy Bill Clinton's accusers. In fact, Hillary [Clinton] lead a special 'war room' committee to help cover up what she termed 'bimbo eruptions.' I guess now she need the bimbos’ votes," said a former corporate security director who specialized in investigating hostile work environment cases.
While presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton claims the U.S. State Department was successful in achieving its tasks under her direction, it appears that once again the former First Lady and Senator is exaggerating her successes during her tenure as Secretary of State. On the campaign trail, the woman who believes there is still gender inequality and continued bullying of woman in America, is remaining silent about a new report that tells voters a different story about her fighting for women's rights. For example, reported incidents of sexual harassment at the State Department have almost tripled under both Secretary Clinton and current Secretary John Kerry, according to an inspector general's report released in the month of June.
While Clinton campaigned this weekend on both her support for women and the powerless in the nation's workplaces, her own personal record on protecting women and their civil rights appears lacking in the latest report. The report by Inspector General Steve Linck shows a disturbing increase in reported harassment investigations within the State Department during the past few years and it recommends a mandatory harassment training program for all employees at all levels within the department.
In the section regarding key findings, the report states: "A significant increase in reported harassment inquiries in the Department of State over the past few fiscal years supports the need for mandatory harassment training for Department of State employees."
The IG noted that reported harassment incidents rose from 88 cases in 2011 to 248 in 2014, Kerry’s second year as secretary. According to former sex crimes investigator and forensic psychologist Karen King-Howard, it's probably a "safe bet that if this report -- which was reported in the news media on Friday -- gains traction in the news media, Clinton and Kerry will point fingers at one another or work together to find a scapegoat to throw under the Obama bus."
Besides those considered formal complaints lodged through proper channels, there were hundreds of informal complaints that were made known during the same period. In 2014, 43 percent of new complaints filed involved accusations of harassment or unfair hiring or promotion practices. Meanwhile 38 percent of the complaints alleged sex discrimination or workplace reprisals.
"While Mrs. Clinton is out there criticizing men and businesses about their alleged mistreatment of women, on her watch at the State Department female and male employees were sexually harassed, bullied and exposed to a hostile work environment. It's the epitome of hypocrisy but then again that's par for the course with the Bill and Hillary Clinton team," said a political strategist and former prosecuting attorney Michael Baker.
"The woman who says she wants to be women's champion as President of the United States, helped her allegedly lecherous husband to all but destroy Bill Clinton's accusers. In fact, Hillary [Clinton] lead a special 'war room' committee to help cover up what she termed 'bimbo eruptions.' I guess now she need the bimbos’ votes," said Carlos Murphy, a former corporate security director who specialized in investigating hostile work environment cases. "How many women were ridiculed, harassed and smeared by our wannabe ‘champion?’ And she even had the majority of news outlets helping her," said Murphy, a former New York police detective.
The report also appears to blame Kerry for the failure of management to require that all employees receive both initial and regularly updated training on such issues. “Mandatory training for department employees would strengthen this message [anti-harassment] and ensure that all employees are aware of their responsibilities and rights,” the report states.
When the report was officially released to news media organizations, the new State Department spokesman RADM John Kirby (US Navy-Ret.) declined to comment on questions about the report. He also declined to say whether his department will initiate a mandatory harassment training program as recommended by the inspector general. “[I am] not going to get ahead of decisions that the secretary will or won’t make about the [training program],” he said. However, Kirby told reporters that the Defense Department and its military branches already have mandatory harassment training programs for all staff including civilian workers.
"Don't expect too much coverage of the IG report by the news media. They either are seeking to hinder any negative news coverage in order to help her get elected 'the first woman president' or they are fearful if they report anything negative that could hurt her politically she will retaliate by refusing to be interviewed by the offending news organization," said political strategist Mike Baker.
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