As an abuse of power, sexual harassment is dangerous in any workplace, let alone a highly regulated jail environment, said Webbert, the civil rights attorney. Often, the behavior that’s known to administrators is only a portion of what’s actually happening, and discipline needs to send a message. After being told the findings and punishments for the jail employees in question, Webbert said it didn’t appear to be enough.
“It’s under-reaction,” Webbert said. “There needed to be a much more significant response.” “It’s a pretty horrific situation,” said David Webbert, an employment and civil rights attorney in Maine. “By now there should be at least one termination, probably more, because that culture is unacceptable. What they’re doing is obviously not working.”