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Ex-FEMA personnel chief Corey Coleman allegedly created ‘toxic’ work environment

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  • Corey Coleman, the now-dismissed personnel chief at
    FEMA, is reportedly under investigation for creating a “toxic”
    work environment, according to a Washington Post report
    published Monday.
  • Coleman allegedly hired and promoted college fraternity
    brothers and women he met in bars and on dating
    websites.
  • Coleman had also allegedly transferred female employees
    between departments so that his friends could have sexual
    relationships with them.

The former personnel chief at the Federal Emergency Management
Agency is reportedly under investigation for creating a “toxic”
work environment where sexual harassment ran rampant. Coleman
allegedly hired and promoted fellow college fraternity brothers
and women he met in bars and on dating websites.

Corey Coleman, the senior executive who had been employed by the
agency since 2011, resigned in June, before an interview with
investigators, according to The Washington Post. Officials
were unable to question him since his resignation.

The allegations against Coleman reportedly included transferring
female employees between departments so that his friends could
have sexual relationships with them, an anonymous FEMA official
citing statements and interviews said to The Post.

What we uncovered was a systemic problem going back
years,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said, according to The
Post.

Long added that the investigation was “not going to stop” with
Coleman and suggested that it issues at the agency may persist.

“The biggest problem I may solve here may be the eradication of
this cancer,” Long said to The Post. “How many complaints were
not heard? I’ve got to make sure we have a safe working
environment for our employees.”

According to the preliminary investigation and FEMA officials,
Coleman allegedly had sexual relations with two subordinates who
accompanied him to work trips. He is also accused of sexually
harassment.

One of the women alleged that Coleman refused to give her a
promotion and tried to fire her after she cut the relationship
off, The Post wrote. According to the report, the woman claimed
to have kept her position by telling Coleman she may be willing
to date him in the future.

The second woman claimed that when she wanted to leave the
agency, Coleman created a new position for her that she was
unqualified for. Coleman reportedly had also allowed this woman
to work from his house.

Prior to overseeing FEMA’s hiring practices for all 20,000 people
in the agency, Coleman was the chief human resources officer for
the information technology department at the US Secret Service,
according to The Post.

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