‘Toxic culture’ of bullying, racism and sexual harassment exists at Britain’s largest nuclear plant Sellafield that could lead to ‘disaster’ whistleblowers claim. Whistleblowers have exposed a ‘toxic culture’ of bullying, racism and sexual harassment at Britain’s largest nuclear plant. Workers said the abusive behaviour could lead to a ‘disaster’ at the Sellafield site in Cumbria. One employee claimed bosses did nothing when he was ‘racially taunted’ by a driver going through the plant. A woman said a senior manager asked if she had performed sexual favours to get ahead in the job. Another claimed a line manager called his autistic worker a ‘mong’, while a Muslim staffer said a trainer said the biggest threat was ‘bearded men in flip-flops’. In a letter to bosses, they said: ‘He then singled me out and mockingly looked under the table at my shoes.’ Experts blasted the alleged behaviour as a ‘toxic culture’ and a ‘recipe for disaster’ due to the dangerous chemicals kept on site. Alison McDermott, a senior consultant working on an equality strategy, told the BBC: ‘When I started working there, it quickly became apparent there was rampant bullying in the organisation. ‘This is a nuclear site, where many employees are demoralised, bullied and scared to speak out. ‘You’ve got toxic materials and a toxic culture, if you put those two together then you’ve got a recipe for disaster.’
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