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SacBee Reports Harris May Have Known About Sexual Harassment Claim

Last week, Harris said she had no knowledge of sexual harassment claims filed against her longtime aide.

By NTK Staff | 12.14.2018 @11:00am
SacBee Reports Harris May Have Known About Sexual Harassment Claim

A sexual harassment claim against a longtime aide of then-state Attorney General Kamala Harris was filed at the California Department of Justice three months before she left her post there, according to a new report by the Sacramento Bee.

Harris claimed she had no knowledge of the complaint filed against Larry Wallace, a close aide who worked with Harris at both the California DOJ and in her Senate office, when the Bee inquired with her office last week. Wallace resigned immediately following the inquiry to the Senate office.

According to the complaint, which resulted in a $400,000 settlement, Wallace’s executive assistant, Danielle Hartley, accused him of “gender harassment” and “other demeaning behavior, including frequently asking her to crawl under his desk to change the paper in his printer.”

The lawsuit was filed against Wallace on December 30, 2016, just before Harris was sworn in to the Senate. But the Bee discovered that the complaint appeared at the California DOJ a full three months before Harris left her post as attorney general:

But an intake form from the Equal Employment Rights and Resolution Office, which oversees discrimination investigations and compliance at the Department of Justice, shows that the department was first notified on Oct. 3, 2016, of Danielle Hartley’s intent to pursue legal action.

Hartley had already requested the right to sue from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Her complaint, filed in late September, alleged sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by “Wallace and those who worked for him.” It named the Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, as respondent and Wallace, the division’s director, as a co-respondent.

According to the Bee, the matter was “settled for $400,000 in May 2017, two months after Harris hired Wallace as a senior adviser in her Sacramento field office.”

Harris told the media she takes “full responsibility” for what took place in her office and expressed that she was “frustrated” that she had not been informed about these allegations or the subsequent lawsuit and settlement.

But given the timeline of events and her close relationship with Wallace, this latest report raises questions about whether Harris is being completely truthful about her level of knowledge on this topic.

The editorial board of the Sacramento Bee demanded Harris explain to voters what she knew about these allegations and when.

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