Her too? Gillibrand aide resigned over alleged harassment cover-up


In it, she alleged that a male aide in the office, Abbas Malik, made unwanted advances towards her after he was told that he would be promoted. While she wasn't entirely satisfied, the staffer told Politico she felt the office did what they could-until Fassler apparently told her that, while he had plenty of reasons to fire Malik, he could also come up with reasons to fire any member of the staff, including her.

In a crowded field with no clear favorite, I believed she had the potential to distinguish herself with Democratic voters in early primary and caucus states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and SC.

Politico reported that neither the senator nor anyone on her staff responded to the former aide's letter.

I don't know whether the aide's story is true, and I'm not sure it matters.

Three weeks after filing a harassment complaint and a complaint that the man retaliated against her for speaking out, she resigned, telling Ms. Gillibrand in a letter on her final day that she was leaving due to "how poorly the investigation and post-investigation was handled". Gillibrand's office concluded the woman's allegations "did not meet the standard of sexual harassment".

Malik stayed on in the senator's office.

Gillibrand and her staff did not respond to the letter.

"As I have long said, when allegations are made in the workplace, we must believe women so that serious investigations can actually take place, we can learn the facts, and there can be appropriate accountability", the statement said. "That's exactly what happened at every step of this case past year". Besides, she added, "I told her that we loved her at the time".

Gillibrand had hoped to launch a presidential campaign based in large part on her supposed leadership role in combating sexual harassment in the workplace. They did rescind his promotion and warn him any additional behavior would result in his firing.

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So, given that this apparent office cancer stuck around, no wonder why this woman said, "When I had the courage to speak up about my harasser, I was belittled by her office and treated like an inconvenience..." Malik was also accused of calling a woman fat, calling someone ugly, rating women's appearance and saying that a women working at the Senate as a fellow was 'into him'.

Malik, who served primarily as a driver for Gillibrand, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gillibrand's communication director Whitney Mitchell Brennan meanwhile explained in a statement to CBS that the allegation in question was investigated in consultation with Senate Employment Counsel, and included multiple interviews with "relevant current employees who could potentially corroborate the claims".

"This case was never viewed as 'he said, she said.' Upon conclusion of the full and thorough investigation, it was determined that the evidence revealed employee misconduct that, while inappropriate, did not constitute sexual harassment", the office told Politico.

The allegations against Sen.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is facing questions over an alleged episode of sexual harassment that took place in her office past year. Al Franken (D., Minn.) to step down over sexual misconduct allegations in 2017, which left bitter feelings about her with some top donors.

According to an email the staffer sent to Gillibrand and other top aides, the former staffer - who requested to remain anonymous due to fears of retaliation - filed a complaint with Gillibrand's deputy chief of staff in July of a year ago.

He was reported to be close to the senator after spending years driving her and her children.