Some Power Play?
Philly.com reports that, “A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex – including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors – over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman’s account.”
Indeed, one of the assignations is said to have occurred in the back of a fire department ambulance.
Apparently Philadelphia does not have a “Bill Clinton” clause, i.e., no sex between employees and supervisors, but “relations” are taboo on city property.
It would seem that no one can say that the affair has not been investigated with the department’s Special Investigation Unit, the EEOC, and the City’s Inspector General all having a look around.
It is also reported that the Police Special Victims Unit was notified but did not have the cooperation to proceed.
Is there anybody that hasn’t figured out that sex between co-workers is rarely a good idea and sex between a boss and someone they supervise is never a good one?
No “chain-of-command” mucking about would seem to be the order of the day.
Elsewise, how to avoid an accusation of pressure?
A Missed Opportunity
“Inspector General Amy L. Kurland yesterday declined to confirm the investigation.”
“Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer referred questions to mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald…”
He said, “While I am not confirming what you are asking about, I can say there was a recent independent investigation that was sent to the Fire Department for follow-up consistent with departmental regulations and procedures.”
He also said, “Allegations of this sort will be handled through this matrix. The administration will not respond to rumors.”
“Joe Schulle, president of Local 22 of the firefighters’ union [IAFF], declined to comment on the probe, saying: “We are aware of the Inspector General’s investigation, but cannot and will not comment, as we do not know the specifics of the allegations or the conclusions drawn in the IG’s report.”
Is there not a leader in the whole bunch?
Acknowledge what is both obvious and the truth: Â serious allegations have been made and a full investigation is underway which will go wherever the facts lead.
Then say, “Neither the City of Philadelphia nor the fire department will tolerate sexual harassment or abuse of any kind.”
Now, how hard is that?
And, as a life long union member I am very disappointed that the local did not make a similar statement on behalf of all of their members.
In both cases it is nothing more than taking an important opportunity to state the obvious moral standard.