A “toxic culture” of bullying and harassment at Sellafield could let serious safety concerns go unreported, whistleblowers have told the BBC. In a leaked letter, the nuclear site’s group for ethnic minority staff described “shocking stories” of racial abuse. Other workers said sexist and homophobic bullying had become routine. Sellafield said it was committed to eradicating unacceptable behaviour from the workplace. A BBC investigation found: Multiple claims of serious bullying and sexual harassment among its 10,000-strong workforce. Allegations of racial abuse outlined in a leaked letter to senior management. Concerns about the working culture at the site and how it could impact nuclear safety. “When I started working there, it quickly became apparent there was rampant bullying in the organisation,” said Alison McDermott, a senior consultant hired in 2017 to work on Sellafield’s equality strategy. She said staff interviews and focus groups revealed serious allegations of sexual harassment at the sprawling site on the Cumbrian coast.
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