Report: PBOT Maintenance Group Fosters Culture of Bad Behavior

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A consultant has found that the maintenance division inside the Portland Bureau of Transportation has harbored a workplace culture where derogatory comments, unprofessional behavior and sexist attitudes are common.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the consultant’s findings were made public Tuesday. The report was commissioned by the bureau after an internal investigation uncovered that a supervisor had routinely hazed employees of a sewer maintenance crew.

The findings of the report show the hazing was isolated, but other bad behavior was not.

The consultant interviewed 44 of the division’s 377 employees. Half of the employees reported unprofessional behaviors, and about a third reported seeing behavior derogatory to a group, culture, gender or sexual orientation.

Bureau officials say they plan to form a task force to address the report’s findings.

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