Sen Kamala Harris' aide involved in sexual harassment

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Sen Kamala Harris' aide involved in sexual harassment

#1 Post by highdesert » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 pm

Larry Wallace, a top aide to Sen. Kamala Harris, resigned Wednesday after it was revealed that the California Department of Justice paid $400,000 last year to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit stemming from his time at the state agency. The May 2017 settlement was paid to Danielle Hartley, Wallace’s former executive assistant, whose lawsuit accused Wallace of gender harassment and discrimination. At the time of the alleged harassment, Wallace was director of the state agency’s Division of Law Enforcement and Harris was California’s attorney general. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2016, and Wallace became a senior advisor in her Sacramento field office.

"We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” said Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for Harris, adding that on Wednesday evening, “Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it." Harris, a potential candidate for president in 2020, was a leading opponent of President Trump’s appointment of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct. The settlement and resignation were first reported Wednesday by the Sacramento Bee. The lawsuit was filed in December 2016, a month after Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate. Among the actions alleged in the suit, Hartley claimed that Wallace placed his printer on the floor under his desk and ordered her to put in new paper or replace the ink each day, forcing her to get down on her knees in dresses and skirts in front of her boss and other staff members.

“Many times, Wallace would ask her to put paper in the printer while he was sitting at his desk or with other male executives … in the room,” the lawsuit alleged. In the civil complaint, Hartley said that meaningful tasks were taken away from her and she was asked to book flights for Wallace’s children, wash his car and take it in for maintenance. The lawsuit alleges that other employees made hostile comments to Hartley when she returned from such jobs including, “Are you walking the walk of shame?” The Department of Justice later subjected Hartley to an internal affairs investigation, transferred her to other jobs without meaningful work and set her up to fail in those jobs, said her attorney, Jill P. Telfer. “The underlying issue was Wallace’s conduct, but the actions of the Department of Justice retaliating against Ms. Hartley and then attempting to cover up the harassment and retaliation rather than correct the behavior is what I find to be reprehensible,” Telfer said.

Hartley’s lawsuit said there was a culture in the Department of Justice that did not provide support for victims of harassment. After Hartley complained about her treatment to Wallace’s supervisor, Wallace began to retaliate against Hartley, the lawsuit alleges. Just before Christmas 2014, Hartley was involuntarily transferred to the Bureau of Firearms, “assigned to a desk and not given any meaningful assignments,” the lawsuit said. After suffering from stress, depression and a physical ailment, Hartley later went on medical leave, according to the complaint. A state filing said the Department of Justice “denied each and all of the allegations.” Xavier Becerra was appointed state attorney general after Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate and took over the job in January 2017, four months before the lawsuit was settled.

A representative for Becerra declined to discuss the case Thursday. Becerra's office also didn't comment on whether other settlements involving DOJ employees had been offered in recent years. “We don’t comment on personnel matters,” spokeswoman Bethany Lesser said. The case was settled on behalf of the state DOJ in a filing signed by Amanda Renteria, a former national political director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, who later went to work for the state agency and was briefly a Democratic candidate for governor. The settlement required Hartley to resign from the Department of Justice and barred her from reemployment.
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#2 Post by BKinzey » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:39 pm

Not surprised.

She pulled some shit and shadyness as CA AG.

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#3 Post by sikacz » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:52 pm

And she’s one of the people pushing for disarming the citizenry. Think not.
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#4 Post by highdesert » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:02 am

$400,000 is what got me, that was not some nuisance lawsuit there was substance. Becerra may have signed off on the settlement, but this happened on Harris' watch and then to give Wallace a job in one of her constituency offices is unbelievable. She has very poor judgment.
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#5 Post by highdesert » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:32 pm

The California Department of Justice paid more than $1.1 million to settle claims with employees who alleged they were sexually harassed or retaliated against by co-workers during the tenure of then-state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris from 2011 to 2017, according to documents obtained by The Times. The cases, which were disclosed this week in response to a California Public Records Act request, come weeks after Harris launched her presidential bid, bringing new scrutiny to her record. The incidents included allegations that DOJ employees sexually harassed and retaliated against co-workers, including claims involving inappropriate touching and cases in which workers felt uncomfortable with the comments and actions of others.

Harris, a Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 2016, did not know about the cases settled by the DOJ until they were brought to her attention by The Times, said her spokesman, Chris Harris. The senator said she takes responsibility for what happened in her office when she was California’s top cop. “As the chief executive of a department of nearly 5,000 employees, the buck stopped with me,” Harris said in a statement. “No one should face harassment or intimidation in the workplace, and victims of sexual misconduct should be listened to, believed and protected.” Harris said that since her election to the Senate she has made it clear to her staff that she will be involved whenever there is an allegation of misconduct by an employee. “In my Senate office, if a harassment complaint is made, it immediately comes to me,” Harris said Thursday. “No office is immune to misconduct, and there is much more work to do to ensure all are protected.”

As attorney general, Harris increased the investigative staff of the DOJ’s Equal Employment Rights and Resolution Office to speed up reviews of worker misconduct complaints, her representative said. Settlements were handled by administrators under Harris who were expected to follow strict policies against harassment, and training was required for all employees.
In her first term in the Senate, Harris has been a leading advocate for the #MeToo movement, objecting to President Trump’s appointment of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on grounds that included allegations of sexual misconduct. Her proposals include the Empower Act, which aims to reduce barriers preventing victims of harassment from speaking out by prohibiting nondisclosure and nondisparagement clauses in legal settlements.

The financial settlements paid by the state on claims filed during Harris’ tenure include a previously reported $400,000 payment to settle a 2016 lawsuit involving Larry Wallace, a longtime top aide to Harris who resigned from her Senate staff in December after media reports about the payment. Danielle Hartley, an executive assistant who worked for Wallace, alleged in the suit that he engaged in gender harassment and discriminated against her.

A spokeswoman for Harris said in December that the senator was unaware of the allegations against Wallace. “Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it,” the representative said.
The resignation has intensified the focus on Harris’ time in state and local office. Wallace had been one of Harris’ closest aides for 14 years, starting in the San Francisco district attorney’s office and later in roles at the state DOJ and U.S. Senate, but many of the settlements disclosed were paid out to rank-and-file employees in the DOJ’s sprawling organization.

The largest settlement from Harris’ time as state attorney general was a $649,500 payment in 2013 to James Rodriguez, who was then a special agent with the DOJ. He claimed that the agency harassed and retaliated against him and failed to take corrective action when he filed complaints about the alleged treatment. Rodriguez said in a lawsuit that he was transferred from coveted jobs, denied pay for out-of-class assignments and faced a meritless internal affairs complaint, and that the department encouraged co-workers to file frivolous complaints against him. Jill Telfer, an attorney who represented Rodriguez, as well as Hartley in the separate case against Wallace, said Harris should have known about the issues. “The Division of Law Enforcement for the AG’s office always felt they were above the law and may have kept a lid on things,” Telfer said. “There has been a culture of retaliation against employees who raise concerns of discrimination or harassment.”

The settlement in the Rodriguez case notes that the DOJ “denied all material allegations” in the lawsuit, which included “any alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation,” and that in resolving the case “none of the Parties admit any wrongdoing, liability or fault.” Rodriguez’s complaints of mistreatment and retaliation date to 2006, when former Gov. Jerry Brown was attorney general. In 2010, before Harris’ tenure, Rodriguez won $560,709 in damages after a jury determined that the DOJ had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent retaliation or harassment against him. He filed the second lawsuit in 2013, claiming that the DOJ continued to mistreat and retaliate against him for having won the jury award.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol ... story.html

Harris knew, she'd have to sign off on settlements and would be very stupid if she didn't get the facts before signing off. She's very political, aides would have warned her.
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