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HR scandal prompts Orange commission discussion on sexual-harassment policies, training

The University of Central Florida will no longer allow students to work as interns in Orange County government's human resources division after an employee secretly shot and shared pictures of an intern's backside with male friends on Facebook Messenger.

Orange County commissioners are scheduled this morning to discuss sexual harassment “policies, procedures, and/or trainings” in the wake of a titillating scandal that led to suspensions in the county’s human-resources division.

Commissioner Emily Bonilla asked fellow commissioners for the “open discussion” in a memo which included a link to an Orlando Sentinel story, outlining a county investigation that uncovered violations of workplace rules, including a supervisor who mimicked a former intern’s physical disability and an employee who filmed herself masturbating at her desk in the HR division.

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The investigation was launched after a female intern learned a female co-worker shot secret photos of her backside and shared them with two men during a work-time Facebook chat in which they discussed the intern’s appearance.

As a result of the investigation, the University of Central Florida said it would no longer allow students to work as interns in Orange County’s HR division.

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The investigation also led county administrators to demote the supervisor.

The woman who filmed herself and shot the secret photos of the intern quit before the Office of Professional Standards had finished its investigation and accepted a position with the Orange County Comptroller. She later resigned that job under pressure.

shudak@orlandosentinel.com or 407-650-6361.

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