Cuomo calls for Vito Lopez to resign in wake of censure for sexually harassing female staffers


Governor Cuomo has demanded Assemblyman Vito Lopez, also the boss of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, resign, stating “sexual harassment at the workplace cannot be tolerated in any shape or form.” Last week, the Assembly Ethics Committee determined he groped a female staff members and made inappropriate sexually charged remarks to others. Former employees have spoken out, stating Lopez paid his staff members a lot of compliments which sounded creepy. The attorney for Lopez, 71, has denied the accusations. Full article.


Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis. For more information: EEOC Website.

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