Apparently, ignoring reports of women being sexually harassed is all the rage for female Democrat presidential candidates.
Two Democrat US Senators grabbed the #MeToo torch and ran with it, as a way to make themselves appear to be a champion of women. It’s now starting to look like nothing could be further from the truth. Much like Hillary Clinton, who pretended to be a champion of women, while her husband sexually assaulted anyone with a skirt, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have allegedly been caught hiding sexual harassment by male staffers in their government offices.
One of Senator Kamala Harris’ top staffers in DC, who previously worked for her at the CA Department of Justice, had to pay a substantial sum of cash to make a sexual harassment charge go away.
It wasn’t until the Sacramento Bee inquired about a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement resulting from his time working for Harris at the California Department of Justice, that Kamala Harris’ longtime top staff member was forced to resign.
In her lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Danielle Hartley said she was recruited to be Wallace’s assistant during a 2011 restructuring of the Division of Law Enforcement. Wallace, a former Berkeley police detective who previously worked under Harris when she was the district attorney of San Francisco, had been appointed director earlier that year.
During an unspecified period, the lawsuit states, “Hartley had concerns she was being harassed and demeaned due to her gender.”
According to the lawsuit, Wallace placed his printer on the floor underneath his desk and ordered Hartley to replace the paper or ink on a daily basis. When she asked to move the printer to another location so she would not have to crawl under his desk in dresses and skirts, the lawsuit states, Wallace refused. Wallace frequently asked Hartley to put paper in the printer while he was sitting at his desk or in front of other male executives from the division, according to the lawsuit.
Watch Democrat presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (CA) tell the Univision reporter she had no idea about the sexual harrassment case in her office.
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“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously. This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams wrote in an email.
Senator Kamala Harris, was one of the Democrat Senators who led the charge to destroy Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s life.
Now, another prominent, female, Democrat running for President in 2020, has been accused of ignoring one of her aides, who wrote a scathing letter to #MeToo champion and U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand on August 30, 2018, saying:
“I trusted and leaned on this statement that you made: ‘You need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is O.K. None of it is acceptable.’ Your office chose to go against your public belief that women shouldn’t accept sexual harassment in any form and portrayed my experience as a misinterpretation instead of what it actually was: harassment and ultimately, intimidation.”
The former Gillibrand aide wrote about the humiliation she felt when her complaint was disregarded:
“I felt defeated, not just from the humiliation and pain that the harassment had brought me, but that in attempting to seek appropriate disciplinary actions for my harasser, my experience was devalued. I was devalued.”
Politico reports – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement who has made fighting sexual misconduct a centerpiece of her presidential campaign, spent last summer pressing legislators to update Congress’ “broken” system of handling sexual harassment.
At the same time, a mid-20s female aide to Gillibrand resigned in protest over the handling of her sexual harassment complaint by Gillibrand‘s office, and criticized the senator for failing to abide by her own public standards.
In July, the female staffer alleged one of Gillibrand’s closest aides — who was a decade her senior and married — repeatedly made unwelcome advances after the senator had told him he would be promoted to a supervisory role over her. She also said the male aide regularly made crude, misogynistic remarks in the office about his female colleagues and potential female hires.
Less than three weeks after reporting the alleged harassment and subsequently claiming that the man retaliated against her for doing so, the woman told the chief of staff, Jess Fassler, that she was resigning because of the office’s handling of the matter. She did not have another job lined up.
“I have offered my resignation because of how poorly the investigation and post-investigation was handled,” the woman wrote to Gillibrand in a letter sent on her final day to the senator’s personal email account. Copied were general counsel Keith Castaldo and Fassler, who is now managing the senator’s presidential bid.
Here’s the letter:
The senator and her staff never responded to the letter.
Her office said no one responded to the letter because it determined that “engaging again on an already settled personnel matter was not the appropriate course of action.” It said the letter came after she’d given three weeks’ notice, “contained clear inaccuracies and was a major departure from the sentiments she shared with senior staff in her final days in the office.”
Since she left last summer, the woman has been doing part-time contract work. The male aide, Abbas Malik, kept his job.
Two weeks ago, however, POLITICO presented the office with its own findings of additional allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct by Malik. Among the claims were that he made a “joke” about rape to a female colleague — a person whom the office had failed to contact last summer despite repeated urgings by Malik’s accuser to reach out to the person.
Gillibrand’s office opened a new investigation and dismissed Malik last week. Malik did not respond to requests for comment.
The entire Politico article can be found here.