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Bullying, harassment reported at federal lab in Colorado

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 17:10:05-05

DENVER (AP) — A congresswoman says an investigation into a federal laboratory in Colorado uncovered bullying and a hostile work environment that persisted even after an employee complained to managers.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan disclosed the findings Tuesday during a hearing on a U.S. Geological Survey laboratory in suburban Denver.

It's the latest report of workplace trouble in the federal government. Investigators and employees have also alleged sexual harassment and bullying in the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.

Dingell says investigators found that male and female employees at the Colorado lab were subjected to offensive language and behavior along with bullying by at least one co-worker.

USGS closed that section of the lab in February.

Dingell's spokeswoman said she couldn't release the report because it's part of an investigation.

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