A white travel agent at a BCG travel agency in San Francisco says he’s afraid to talk to his boss about what he learned about the company’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.
In a lengthy statement published Monday by CBC News, Mark Karpinski, president and CEO of White Travel, says he believes his boss at the travel agency made a mistake in a report that detailed “a pattern of inappropriate behavior and an inability to appropriately respond to it.”CBC News contacted BCG for comment.
The BCG spokesperson said, “The BCGs internal review of the allegations against Mr. Karpinksi has concluded that he acted appropriately.
BCG is now investigating to determine what steps we need to take to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Karpinski says he was fired from his job last month after CBC News reported he sexually harassed two women, one of whom was a female manager.
He says the sexual harassment report was issued after he made a complaint to BCG about a complaint by a female employee who said Karpinki sexually harassed her.
“It’s very hard for my family to deal with that, I have a daughter, and my wife has a daughter who is in the military,” Karpinsky said.
Karpinksis statement also says he has “been forced to deal” with a “significant amount of personal trauma” from the events of the past year.
Kampinski says his family was not notified of his termination until he emailed BCG last week and requested an explanation from BCG on how he could appeal.
The statement says BCG told him the decision to fire Karpinskis was made in the last few days and that BCG would provide him with “all information necessary to pursue this appeal.”
Kampinksi says he hasn’t heard back from BCg.
“I feel like I’m on a cliff,” Kampinksis said.
“The whole thing is a total surprise.
It’s really disheartening.
It feels like they’re trying to cover their ass.”