UAW investigating sexual harassment claims against board member, report says

DETROIT — The UAW has hired an attorney from Washington, D.C., legislation organization Bredhoff &…

DETROIT — The UAW has hired an attorney from Washington, D.C., legislation organization Bredhoff & Kaiser to examine claims of sexual harassment and discrimination versus a member of its Worldwide Govt Board, The Wall Avenue Journal noted Monday.

The Journal, citing individuals acquainted with the circumstance, reported two feminine staffers allege Region 2B Director Richard Rankin created recurring sexually charged remarks that in one occasion escalated to a bodily menace. The Journal suggests the investigation commenced in January right after a team of UAW-represented nurses filed a separate formal grievance to the union’s board involving Rankin.

A union spokesman confirmed Monday that it experienced hired an exterior investigator to glimpse into allegations created in Region 2B but declined to say whom the allegations were being versus.

“The UAW takes claims of sexual harassment and discrimination really severely,” spokesman Brian Rothenberg reported in a statement. “We strongly consider in fostering a office that is no cost from intimidation, retaliation, and harassment of any kind.

“The UAW has hired an exterior investigator to glimpse into the allegations of discrimination and harassment in Region 2B, which consists of Indiana and Ohio, and we are awaiting the success of that investigation. In addition, there is an ongoing overview of an interior grievance on these concerns. If we uncover that there was misconduct in the office, we will consider appropriate corrective motion.”

The investigation arrives amid a yearslong federal corruption probe that has so much resulted in costs versus 14 individuals and resulted in 13 responsible pleas. The most the latest costs arrived final 7 days, when prosecutors alleged previous UAW President Gary Jones embezzled far more than $one million from the union he when led.

“Below the management of President [Rory] Gamble, the UAW is fully commited to instituting reforms that will make this union a much better, more robust and cleaner union than the one he inherited, and assure the sort of misconduct that occurred in the past will never ever be recurring,” Rothenberg reported Monday.