Jets Owner Had 'Negative Effect' on UK Embassy: State Department Report


NEW YORK – A State Department watchdog report found Jets owner Woody Johnson “sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments” during his current role as ambassador to the United Kingdom.

“Through employee questionnaires and interviews, that the Ambassador sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments on topics generally considered Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-sensitive, such as religion, sex, or color,” the report said.

The 43-page report didn't delve into the specific accusations, but did say Johnson's "demanding, hard-driving work style ... had a negative effect on morale in some embassy sections."

The Office of Inspector General found “a more thorough review by the Department is warranted.” However, that recommendation was rejected by the State Department, which said Johnson watched a "video on workplace harassment” and "encouraged all staff to take the Foreign Service Institute training on mitigating unconscious bias."

Johnson "is well aware of his responsibility to set the right tone for his mission and we believe his actions demonstrate that," the department said.

According to the New York Times, Johnson “rejected accusations that he made racially or sexually inappropriate comments toward employees at the U.S. Embassy in London” and even asked department investigators not to publish that part of the report.

Reports surfaced last month about accusations of inappropriate comments by Johnson. Among the accusations was that he made “racist generalizations about Black men” and “cringeworthy” comments about women’s looks, sources told CNN.

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