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Utah Co. woman wins election despite sexual harassment findings



A Utah County clerk/auditor, despite a recent investigation which found that she sexually harassed a former employee, has been elected to be on the Utah County Commission, the first woman to do so, according to Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson.

A Utah County attorney found that Amelia Powers Gardner sexually harassed a former male employee in her office, violating policy, over his sexual orientation.

According to the investigation by the Utah County Attorney’s Office, obtained by 2News through a public records request, Powers Gardner’s “comments as a supervisor and an elected official towards (her former employee) certainly can be categorized as sexual harassment.”

However, the April 2 report noted, Powers Gardner underwent workplace harassment training after the complaint was brought, and investigators recommended taking no additional action.