Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Senator Kamala D. Harris's long-time advisor resigns amid allegations of sexual harassment

Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) Addresses reporters after an in camera briefing on intelligence issues at Capitol Hill this week. (Zach Gibson / Getty Images) National reporter John Wagner heads the political press team at The Post on December 6 at 3:12 pm A long-time aide to Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) Resigned Wednesday after being charged with sexual harassment during California Attorney General. The resignation of Larry Wallace, who was the director of the law enforcement division at the California Department of Justice, comes after Sacramento Bee has asked for a $ 400,000 settlement as part of the 39, a lawsuit brought by Danielle Hartley State of California. Hartley alleged that she had been subjected to degrading behavior, including being ordered to put paper in a printer under Wallace's office. The December 2016 lawsuit was settled in May 2017 by Xavier Becerra, Harris's successor as Attorney General. [Sen. Kamala D. Harris spurns corporate PAC donations, joining other 2020 hopefuls] "We were not aware of this problem and are taking the harassment charges very seriously," Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said in a statement Wednesday night. "Tonight, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it." In response to questions on Thursday, Adams said Harris was aware of the complaint filed a few days before being sworn in as a senator on Wednesday, almost two years later. Neither Wallace nor the California Department of Justice informed the Harris Senate office of the transaction, Adams said. After Harris's election to the Senate in 2016, Wallace became a senior advisor at his Sacramento office. The allegations against Wallace did not appear during the transition, Adams said. Harris, who is considering a Democratic nomination for the presidency for 2020, has been active in the #MeToo movement and has advocated for legislation to strengthen protection against workplace harassment. She also praised Democratic activists for her aggressive interrogation of Brett M. Kavanaugh when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a Supreme Court nominee to deal with charges of murder. sexual misconduct dating back several decades. According to Hartley's trial, she "feared to be harassed and degraded because of her sex". "That implied that Wallace was putting his printer under his desk on the floor and order Hartley to put paper in Wallace 's printer or replace the ink every day. base, "said the lawsuit." Hartley requested that the printer be moved elsewhere to not have to kneel under the desk, in his robes and skirts, but Wallace refused. "Hartley claimed that "several times" she had asked him to put the printer's paper with other male staff members in the room.In the trial, Hartley also stated that his "important tasks" had been entrusted to him and that he had been asked to book flights for Wallace's children, wash his car and do his personal shopping.In a statement released Thursday, the California Department of Justice said he "do not comment on personnel matters and that the case has been handled according to the standard procedure".

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