Audit: L.A. County Should Improve Its Handling of Worker Harassment Complaints

Los Angeles County must do better when it comes to handling worker harassment allegations. That’s the conclusion of a recent audit conducted by the county’s auditor-controller in conjunction with the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors’ County Equity Oversight Panel (CEOP).

The review concentrated on harassment complaints filed between October 2015 and October 2016. These include claims of race and age discrimination, as well as sexual misconduct.

In 44% of cases, departments either implemented reduced levels of discipline or took no action at all. Because of inadequate tracking, the reason for these decisions was often unclear. On average, it took 18 months for a complaint to result in disciplinary action. In one case it took over a year.

The audit lays out several recommendations to improve the handling of workplace misconduct allegations. In addition to improving complaint response times, the auditors said outcomes of recommended discipline should always be tracked. The CEOP should also review any reduced discipline cases to determine why the decision to amend an outcome was made.

Read a copy of the audit here



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