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Grand jury finds ‘culture of sexual harassment’ among Orange County government bosses

A grand jury has released a report criticizing the work environment for Orange County government employees.

The California grand jury found “a disturbing pattern of sexual harassment claims being overlooked, ignored, poorly investigated, and even suppressed.”

The grand jury said that it was particularly disturbed by “a strong tolerance for inappropriate behavior, especially when it concerned high-ranking elected officials and executives” that seemed “inspired” by its culture.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson criticized the grand jury’s report and pointed to reforms and management personnel changes that the county implemented after former county executive Carlos Bustamante resigned in October 2011.

Bustamante had been accused of having sexual relations with four current and former female Orange County Public Works employees.

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