Senators demand answers after NYT reports sexual assault allegations at NNSS

By: - January 28, 2019 12:18 pm
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Unapproved low-level radioactive waste was sent to Nevada for more than a decade. Ken Lund, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

A New York Times’ story, in which a security guard at the Nevada National Security Site was fired after accusing her coworkers of sexual assault, has caught the attention of U.S Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen.

Jennifer Glover told the Times that during a training exercise in November 2017 she “was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and hit across the face with the butt of a gun.” The Times reported that “one man ran his hands up her legs, she said, then grabbed her buttocks and groin. Another flipped her over, reached into her top to grab her breasts and ripped out her nipple ring.”

Glover, who said she experienced harassment and sexism prior to that November, said she was furthered targeted and intimidated when she tried to speak out about the assault.

Glover filed Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints against two government contractors, Centerra and SOC.

Around the time reporters began questioning the Security Site about the assault, it reported that Glover was “fired for scheduling infractions and taking a photo of her schedule, which SOC called ‘company documents.’ ”

According to the Times, Centerra declined to comment and SOC said there were “significant inaccuracies in the facts and premise” but did not provide additional details to the Times.

After the article was published Jan. 25, both Nevada senators took to social media demanding answers.

“No person should fear retaliation for reporting abuse,” Cortez Masto tweeted. “Jennifer’s horrific experience underscores the need to enact laws to better protect victims of sexual harassment. I’m demanding answers from @NNSANevada and @ENERGY.”

Rosen also referenced the story on Twitter saying she would be “pressing for answers because no survivor of sexual assault should go through this.”

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues.