Former FEMA Human Resources Head Under Investigation For Harassing Women, Creating ‘Toxic’ Culture

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The former human resources chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under investigation for sexual harassment and for hiring women as “possible sexual partners for male employees.”

Corey Coleman resigned from his position on June 18 before investigators conducted a planned interview with him, reported The Washington Post Monday. He had served in his position since 2011 and might be guilty of criminal sexual assault, FEMA Administrator William Long told The Washington Post.

Coleman hired fraternity brothers from his college years and other friends, as well as women he met on dating websites, Long said. He also allegedly improperly promoted friends and women he hired as potential hook-ups for his friends.

Internal investigations regarding Coleman go back to 2015, when an employee complained to the general counsel’s office that Coleman had sexually harassed her.

The “toxic” culture created by FEMA’s human resources department did not leave when Coleman did, and the investigation will look into officials other than him, Long said. (RELATED: Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Regulator Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment)

Coleman earned a salary of $177,150 in his FEMA position, reported The Washington Post. Before working at FEMA, Coleman worked in human resources for the U.S. Secret Service.

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