Concern over Orange County HR scandal prompts sexual harassment review, discussion

Sexual harassment has not been a widespread problem in Orange County government, according to a review of investigations prompted by an Orlando Sentinel story detailing a titillating scandal in the county’s human-resources division.

County risk manager John Petrelli and human-resources manager Ricardo Daye laid out county protocols for handling employee complaints of unwanted sexual advances or other conduct defined as sexual harassment.

Commissioner Emily Bonilla sought the “open discussion” Tuesday in a memo to fellow commissioners. She said she wanted assurances the county was following “best practices,” especially in wake of the newspaper story that outlined a county investigation into alleged violations of workplace rules in the HR division.

“Everything can be improved on,” Bonilla said.