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Sanders Forced to Apologize for Allegations of Sexual Harassment During 2016 Campaign

"I am not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right in terms of human resources."

By NTK Staff | 01.03.2019 @9:01am
Sanders Forced to Apologize for Allegations of Sexual Harassment During 2016 Campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was forced to issue a public apology on Wednesday after allegations from several women surfaced that they had experienced sexual harassment and pay disparity while working on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

According to the New York Times:

“In interviews, women told of makeshift living accommodations on the road, where they were asked to sleep in rooms along with male co-workers they didn’t know. Women who had access to salary records were taken aback to learn that some female staff members made thousands of dollars less than their male counterparts.”

“Two delegates who supported Mr. Sanders two years ago recently told his staff that he can’t run for president again without addressing the sexism they believe surfaced in his last campaign.”

Samantha Davis, who was the campaign’s director of operations in Texas and New York, told the New York Times that she experienced “sexual harassment during the campaign, and there was no one who would or could help.”

The New York Times report also found that when women raised these issues with their superiors, they were not adequately addressed.

“I am not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right in terms of human resources, in terms of addressing the needs that I’m hearing from now, that women felt they were disrespected, that there was sexual harassment, which was not dealt with as effectively as possible,” Sanders said during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

“We put forward the strongest set of principles in terms of mandatory training, in terms of women, if they felt harassed, having an independent firm that they can go to,” Sanders said. “And I think that that’s kind of the gold standard of what we should be doing.”

Sanders added that if he does run for president again in 2020, he would better address these issues.

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