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Humane Society Board Members Quit Over Failure To Oust CEO For Harassment

Seven Humane Society of the U.S. board participants resigned to protest a choice to stay CEO Wayne Pacelle regardless of an inside investigation into sexual harassment court cases and settlements to hide them up, The Washington Post reported.

The resignations adopted a vote by way of the nonprofit’s 31-member board on Thursday to stay Pacelle in his process, in step with the Post. 

Pacelle was once the focal point of a damning document compiled closing month by way of a regulation company employed by way of the Humane Society detailing 3 ladies’s court cases that the CEO sexually confused them, together with a former worker who mentioned Pacelle requested to masturbate in entrance of her in 2006.

The charity presented settlements to 3 further ladies who have been “demoted or dismissed” after talking up about Pacelle’s conduct, the Post reported, mentioning a abstract of the regulation company’s findings. Senior ladies within the group reportedly warned Pacelle that sexual relationships with subordinates, in addition to with donors and volunteers, jeopardized the charity.

Pacelle denied the allegations, telling the Post they have been a “coordinated attempt to attack me and the organization.”  

No board participants commented at the assembly’s end result, in step with the newspaper. One of the ladies whose criticism was once a part of the investigation expressed unhappiness.

“To have at our helm an individual that has abused his power is a tragedy,” mentioned Reasa Haggard Currier. “I don’t care if I get fired for saying that.” 

Several donors had referred to as for Pacelle’s ouster, and one, Greenbaum Foundation’s Jim Greenbaum, mentioned he wouldn’t be renewing his Humane Society donation.

Pacelle, in the meantime, mentioned no donors instructed him they might withdraw their investment.

“I’ve gotten hundreds that have said the opposite,” he mentioned.

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