HI--New housing director subject of sex abuse scandal

Victims to mayor: Reconsider decision

New Housing Director subject of sex abuse scandal

Appointment creates “Hostile work environment” for city employees 

Caldwell decision “imprudent,” may violate EEOC rules, letter says

In a letter to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, victims of child sexual abuse say that the recent appointment of new housing director creates a “hostile work environment” for city employees and may violate EEOC rules. 

Marc Alexander, who was appointed Director of the Honolulu Housing Office, resigned from another city position in 2012 when it was revealed that he had an unethical affair with a woman—that violated his position of power—while he was a priest in the Diocese of Honolulu. http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/02/caldwell-appoints-marc-alexander-to-lead-honolulu-housing-office/

In 2014, Alexander was successfully sued for child sexual abuse. That case settled in 2016, although evidence and secret personnel documents in the Diocese of Honolulu child sex abuse cases have not yet been made public. http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/02/caldwell-appoints-marc-alexander-to-lead-honolulu-housing-office/ 

The letter was written by members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org). 

"Don’t the employees of the City Office of Housing deserve a boss who does not possibly pose an immediate risk to themselves and their children?” the letter stated. The letter goes on to say, "In a city as populous as Honolulu, we are confident that there are dozens of qualified applicants who have never been the subject of a sex abuse scandal.”

The letter goes on to say that Alexander’s appointment creates a “hostile work environment” for many city employees, especially those who are victims of sexual assault, and may be a direct violation of EEOC rule

The group also calls the appointment "reckless, tone deaf, and a slap in the face to survivors of sexual abuse and assault.”

Joelle Casteix
SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director
Barb Dorris
SNAP Managing Director

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