The Port of Seattle is currently undergoing investigation of alleged email comments between two employees. The emails contained references to the port commissioner who was called an “idiot” and “puppet” by the airport staff. There was also reference to one of the African American business owners as a “thug.”
The following are the public statements issued by the CEO and the Port Commissioners:
Statement by CEO Ted Fick:
I recently learned about e-mails written by two Port of Seattle employees that contain offensive language references to airport tenants and supervisors. On Monday, I requested an internal review and have placed these employees on paid administrative leave pending the results of this investigation. The Port of Seattle values respect for all members of our community and in all aspects of its business operations. I am committed to ensuring the Port of Seattle handles this serious matter with transparency and accountability.
Port Commission Statement:
The Port Commission holds itself and every employee to a high standard of respect for the public and each other in the workplace. We are extremely troubled by the reports of offensive emails, which are totally unacceptable. The Commission fully supports a thorough investigation by the CEO, and expects a prompt resolution.
According to Perry Cooper, Sea-Tac spokesperson, the investigation will probably take approximately six to eight weeks. (end)