One of Los Angeles’ smallest city departments is being roiled by allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.
Staffers at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority have filed six sexual harassment complaints since December, records show, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The department, which oversees Olvera Street and several nearby museums downtown, has about 10 full-time employees and more than a dozen part-time staffers.
By comparison, City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office has nearly 1,000 employees and has seen six sexual harassment complaints filed in the last four years, a spokesman for the office told The Times.
The man accused in five of the six complaints filed at El Pueblo said he believes he is being targeted in an effort to drive him off the commission that oversees the department. Scott Crawford, 68, was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in late 2016 to the El Pueblo Board of Commissioners.
In an interview with The Times, Crawford said he was told by a human resources representative that four women and one man filed complaints against him. Crawford declined to name them. He said he was told the claims include allegations that he told female employees, “You look good” and “Hello, gorgeous.”
In defending his comments, Crawford told The Times he is gay.
“I compliment everyone. I’ve been doing it my whole life.”
Crawford’s account of the complaints could not immediately be corroborated. City officials declined to discuss details of the case with The Times, saying it is a personnel matter under investigation.
The discord at El Pueblo comes at a high-profile moment for the department. The El Pueblo Board of Commissioners Thursday will hear Garcetti’s proposal to house the area’s homeless people in trailers at a nearby parking lot — one of the mayor’s most ambitious plans for sheltering the city’s growing homeless street population.
—City News Service
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