Monday, 14th June 2021

Ex-employee alleges harassment of Lankan women at US Embassy

Colombo, Jun 28 (BAN/CD): Incidents of Sri Lankan women being harassed by American diplomats have been brought to light by a former employee of the US Embassy.

The ex-employee mentioned this in a retweet of Ambassador Teplitz’s tweet, which was about which was about empowered women powering economies.

Re-tweeting Ambassador Teplitz’s tweet, the ex-employee said “You can’t school anyone on how to treat women in the workplace Ambassador Teplitz, when you’ve not stopped the harassment of Sri Lankan women by some American diplomats at the US Embassy.”

However, when contacted about this issue, the spokesperson of the US Embassy said that harassment is against US law and is not tolerated.

“While we will not comment on internal matters, we would like to underscore that the Department of State is committed to providing a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is against US law and is not tolerated. If the Department receives an allegation of sexual harassment, or has reason to believe sexual harassment is occurring, it takes the necessary steps to ensure that the matter is promptly investigated and addressed,” the Spokesperson said.

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