Dem Rep: Al Franken Doesn’t Need to Resign Because Harassment Happened Outside the Workplace Dem Rep: Al Franken Doesn’t Need to Resign Because Harassment Happened Outside the Workplace – NTK Network

Dem Rep: Al Franken Doesn’t Need to Resign Because Harassment Happened Outside the Workplace

"So, I'm just trying to draw a distinction between many of these cases have been in the office and it is sexual harassment," Speier explained.

By NTK Staff | 11.21.2017 @10:45am

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) told CNN’s Erin Burnett that she doesn’t believe that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should resign following multiple accusations of sexual harassment because, the incidents happened outside the workplace during, an interview on Monday.

Burnett asked Speier whether she thinks Franken should resign from the Senate or if she thinks an Ethics Committee investigation is enough.

“Well, I think an Ethics Committee investigation is appropriate. For sexual harassment in the workplace, it either has to be severe or persistent, and I think that this is not a workplace phenomenon necessarily, but it could very well be unwanted touching that would be in the sexual assault,” Speier told Burnett.

Burnett followed up by pointing out that groups like Indivisible have called for Franken’s resignation and, wanted to make sure that Speier wasn’t ready to go that far.

“Yes. I’m not there yet. But, you know, oftentimes when there’s one incident , there’s many incidents,” Speier told Burnett.

Burnett then asked if unwanted advances must now always be deemed a resigning matter and, if some acts different or worse than others.

“That’s why each of these cases has to be looked at on the facts, and the courts have held that one incident does not suffice for sexual harassment. Is — you know, one unwanted touching sufficient? Probably not. If it’s — if it’s grabbing someone’s buttocks in the office setting, that could be considered severe,” Speier responded.

“You keep saying in the office setting. Do you mean while he’s in office or you mean it’s not as bad if he does it to a constituent to the state fair, as if he does it in the halls of the Senate,” Burnett interjected.

“Well, sexual harassment focuses on the workplace. So, it is more specifically focused there. She could be asked for a sexual assault charge to be imposed because separate and distinct from that, unwanted touching can be a sexual assault,” Speier explained. “So, I’m just trying to draw a distinction between many of these cases have been in the office and it is sexual harassment, it’s a hostile work environment. “

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