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«The XPO warehouse reportedly exhibits a toxic culture that runs contrary to Verizon’s stated policies and practices,» says the letter, provided exclusively to HuffPost on Tuesday. The letter notes that McAdam has been a vocal supporter of women’s rights. The CEO recently proclaimed a zero tolerance policy for harassment at Makers, a women’s conference run by Verizon owned Oath. (Oath is also HuffPost’s parent company.)
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A spokesman for XPO declined to comment on the specifics of the claims but said that the company had only reviewed the charges filed in early April and had not yet seen the late April filings.
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«Part of this moment demands greater accountability for preventing and addressing workplace harassment,» said Emily Martin, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, which has signed on to the letter.
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The women who filed these claims are hourly workers who don’t earn a lot of money, and many are the sole breadwinners for their family, grateful for the hourly work and full time benefits, despite the hazards of the job, said Gloria Sweet Love, president of the NAACP in Tennessee, which signed the letter.