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SoCal Metro Water District Workers Come Forward With Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Other Abuse

Workers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Detail Egregious Pattern of Unchecked Abuse

LOS ANGELES, CA — Highlighted today in an exposé in the Los Angeles Times, 20 workers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California came forward with detailed allegations of unchecked sexual harassment, bullying, and other abuses on the job.

The current and former MWD workers detailed a myriad of abuses, including that MWD leadership “tolerated the sexual harassment and abuse of women, particularly those in the trades apprenticeship program.”

Following the LA Times investigation, AFSCME 1902, which represents MWD workers, released the following statement from President Alan Shanahan:

“First and foremost, I am deeply outraged by the detailed abuse outlined in the LA Times today. The harassment of our members in the workplace is completely unacceptable, and we stand with anyone who has been abused or mistreated.

Unfortunately, these reports show a pervasive culture of abuse at the MWD where women and LGBTQIA+ people in the workplace experience discrimination, harassment and are treated as second-class citizens. This cannot continue; all of our members must be provided a safe working environment.

This type of abuse from executive and middle management has been a pattern for years at the MWD. The grotesque allegations of harassment and sexual abuse detailed today in the LA Times are unfortunately likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. In the days and weeks ahead, we expect and encourage more workers to come forward with their stories of mistreatment on the job.

Moving forward, our main concern is providing our members with the resources and support they need while proactively working to ensure a workplace free from harassment and discrimination for all of our members. We look forward to a full, comprehensive outside investigation into these matters, and are committed to ensuring that the abusers and enablers are held accountable for their actions.”

AFSCME Local 1902 represents the working people of the Southern California Water Districts, including accountants, designers, electricians, engineers, environmental specialists, inspectors, IT, mechanics, various trades, apprentices, PR specialists, and everyone in between who support the delivery of clean, safe, and affordable water to residents and businesses of Southern California.  For more information, email info@jacobsonzilber.com.



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