Tahilramani interview peels back the onion smell of a “Culture of Harassment” in County administration

Former county HR manager Kathleen Tahilramani. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

Former county HR manager Kathleen Tahilramani. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

The lawsuit by former OC Waste and Recycling Human Resources manager Kathleen Tahilramani was brought to light in a Voice of OC story in September 2012. In her suit Tahilramani alleged improper conduct by County CEO Mike Giancola, the then director of OC Waste and Recycling, claiming harassment and retaliation because Tahilramani reported allegation of improper conduct to Central Human Resources.

In a three part series by Voice of OC Editor Norberto Santana, we are being presented with a comprehensive and detailed look at the sick underbelly of cover-ups and harassing behaviors by senior management officials in the county. Tahilramani referenced a recent OC Grand Jury conclusion that a Culture of Harassment exists in County management at the highest levels.

We have reported on this behavior dating back more than ten years, but Tahilramani’s interview provides details that support the grand jury conclusions as well as other incidents that never made it to the grand jury report. We find the allegations by Tahilramani to be more of the same, and while we hope that new procedures instituted recently by County Human Resources to address this quite obviously prevalent condition, we hold out little hope it will actually be effective until that County admits its behavior and purges the corruption, and culture, from its management ranks.

This is a must read story. Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.