Letter To The Editor: Former AccuWeather CEO Discusses Company’s Harassment Allegations & Resolution
The April 15 news article “Federal Report Alleges . . . .” unjustly mischaracterized AccuWeather, and me as its former chief executive.
Many organizations have employee issues in the work environment. The leadership test is doing the right thing when issues arise. In this case, the company specifically and unequivocally denied the allegations. And throughout, the company retained its good standing as a government contractor. Nevertheless, the company did not fight these claims. Why? Being sensitive to the concerns of women in the workforce, the company selected a creative course to solve these issues with the least disruption and stress for all concerned. It voluntarily worked with the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and requested a joint working relationship with the agency to understand the viewpoints of OFCCP and how to strengthen company policies.
The purpose was to reset the situation for everyone. The company leveraged OFCCP’s expertise to enhance its anti-harassment and anti-discrimination practices, and adopted the suggestion of a modest payment from the company for each of the employees OFCCP identified. The payment helped show respect without having to put claims on trial and rewarded people for cooperating.
The actions taken by the company showed sensitivity and appropriateness. If confirmed as the head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, I will be someone who will always do the right thing.
Barry Lee Myers, State College, Pa.
Former Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather.
Note: Onward State is produced independently by Penn State students and published by Lazerpro Digital Media Group, which is owned by Dan Myers, son of AccuWeather founder and president Joel Myers and nephew of now-former AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers. All content is produced autonomously.
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