The family-owned company where President Donald Trump’s nominee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently served as CEO has agreed to pay dozens of women $290,000 over sexual harassment claims.
Barry Myers, who was nominated to head up NOAA in October 2017, stepped down as CEO of AccuWeather in January, the same month his nomination was resubmitted.
The settlement agreement was signed in June by AccuWeather President Joel Myers, older brother of Barry Myers, following an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigation. Officials found that women who worked at the State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather when Barry Myers was CEO were subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, and that the company didn’t make reasonable efforts to stop or prevent the harassment. The settlement covers women who worked for the company from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 21, 2017.
At the time the agreement was signed, at least four women received payments. Since then, at least 35 other women have opted into the settlement.
Myers’ nomination to NOAA has been rife with questions about whether he was suitable for the position. After all, Myers is not a scientist and NOAA is a science agency.
NOAA also oversees the National Weather Service, which Myers has been at odds with from time to time prompting Democrats to cry conflict of interest. The latest revelation about sexual harassment at AccuWeather “certainly raises a lot of questions about the suitability of Mr. Myers to run a very important government agency,” Dan Sobien, National president of the union, told The Morning Call.
Source: The Morning Call