Nearly 40 percent of National Park Service employees reported being harassed in the last year.
That's the finding of a newly-released survey that experts say underscores the significant workplace harassment issues the agency is facing.
About 19 percent of those who took the survey said they experienced gender-based harassment, while 23 percent said they were harassed based on age.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, said the survey is a call to action.
“Today’s announcement confirms what we’ve known for some time – there is a pervasive culture of workplace harassment in the National Park Service,” Hirono said, in a news release.
“Continued silence and inaction are completely unacceptable. Working together, we can provide the necessary oversight and resources to ensure that all NPS employees – regardless of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation – have a safe working environment.”