A former employee was recently arraigned for alleged criminal behavior, which unfortunately occurred at the Co-op. We cannot offer details because these events involve Co-op employees, and could raise legal issues. The Co-op asserts that we believe and support all survivors, and we do not tolerate the protection of perpetrators in our business or elsewhere.
Hunger Mountain Co-op was built on community, trust, and positively impacting our community and environment. We acknowledge that these events have shaken many in our community, they are unacceptable, and we deeply regret that this has transpired. We will not tolerate disrespect, harassment, or abuse towards any community member at the Co-op. We take our responsibility to protect all employees extremely seriously.
The Co-op’s leadership team investigated complaints related to the former employee and took appropriate action according to Co-op policies, given what we knew and learned at that time. Regardless, we acknowledge the harm that was caused and we are committed to making sure it never happens again.
We will be immediately reviewing our harassment policy and will update it to ensure the safety of our team members. We continue to work with authorities and pledge to review our internal processes to ensure that our team, membership, and community feel safe and respected in our store and on our property.