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New Orleans mayor: Department was 'cesspool' of harassment

1 week 2 days 4 hours ago Wednesday, July 11 2018 Jul 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 12:40 PM July 11, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The New Orleans Advocate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's property management department had become a cesspool where sexual harassment flourished for years.

She has fired department leaders, and told The New Orleans Advocate last week that she hopes new city rules and training will help prevent anything similar.

The allegations center on 73-year-old Herman Hogues. The newspaper reported Tuesday that he says female colleagues would bring complaints to him. He said they'd sometimes pull up their dresses and dance. He called that "innocent horseplay."

But then he said a woman who filed a complaint was the only one he could recall exposing herself to him.

He was suspended without pay days before Cantrell's inauguration, and retired shortly after she took office. About a month later, Cantrell fired two of his bosses.

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