The scandal involving Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, 71, that unfolded last August has now been sent to the state Legislature for review. Last summer, the Assembly released a letter censuring Lopez for his behavior involving sexual harassment against his staff members. It was reported Lopez had verbally harassed, groped and kissed two of his staff members. It was later uncovered that the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, had authorized a secret payment of $103,080 to settle previous sexual harassment and sexual discrimination allegations by two other women against Lopez. Since such scandal, Lopez has relinquished his chairmanship of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and has been stripped of legislative titles and perks. His salary was cut. Lopez was reelected to the position in November. He maintains his innocence and says he has would not resign. 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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