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Kamala Harris Pleads Ignorance Regarding Staffer Sexual Harassment Case

Kamala Harris Pleads Ignorance Regarding Staffer Sexual Harassment Case

Kamala Harris Pleads Ignorance Regarding Staffer Sexual Harassment Case

Kamala Harris really wants to be President. So much so that she’s taking every opportunity she can to out Spartacus Cory Booker. She went all in for Christine Blasey Ford’s baseless accusations. But now Kamala herself has a problem. You see, a longtime staffer of hers, Larry Wallace, abruptly resigned on Wednesday after the case involving him became public.

A longtime top staff member of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday after The Sacramento Bee inquired about a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement resulting from his time working for Harris at the California Department of Justice.

Larry Wallace, who served as the director of the Division of Law Enforcement under then-Attorney General Harris, was accused by his former executive assistant in December 2016 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 on Dec. 30, 2016, when Harris was still attorney general but preparing to be sworn in as California’s newly elected Democratic senator. It was settled less than five months later, in May 2017, by Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to replace her as attorney general.

Folks, $400,000 is quite a hefty settlement sum. And the case is even worse than you think.

  • From 2011 to 2016, Wallace’s assistant, Danielle Hartley, was working in an incredibly hostile work environment
  • Wallace ordered Hartley to replace paper or ink on printer (which was under his desk) on a daily basis
  • Wallace publicly humiliated Hartley in front of other men in the Division of Law Enforcement
  • Wallace ordered Hartley to run multiple personal errands for him
  • Division employees taunted Hartley on a continual basis ‘Are you walking the walk of shame?’
  • Hartley finally asked HR supervisor Shannon Patterson for help. Patterson refused and retaliation ensued.
  • Hartley was investigated on a fabricated charge, one she was never informed of
  • Hartley was told she should quit and go find another job

The Justice Department is still denying this happened. Yet ponied up $400,000 for Hartley. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

The case was handed off to current CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra. What did he have to say about this?

Hartley “unreasonably failed to utilize the procedures during the period of time, and after, the alleged harassment or discrimination was occurring,” Becerra wrote. “Had Plaintiff taken reasonable effort to utilize these procedures Plaintiff’s alleged harm, injury or damages would have been avoided, in whole or in part.”

Holy crap! Seriously? Victim blaming while forking over $400,000??? Telling the VICTIM that she should’ve gotten sexual harassment training? Telling the VICTIM that it’s HER fault for this. What a jackass!

What is Kamala’s response?

Yep, that’s her response.

“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously. This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams wrote in an email.

I call bullshit on that one. The ENTIRE office knew about this!! Furthermore, the details of this case make it pretty darned clear that Wallace was definitely not subtle about his harassment of Danielle Hartley. Not only that, but it sure looks like the entire department was in on this. So again, I call bullshit on Kamala Harris’s claims of ignorance.

During the Kavanaugh hearings, Kamala told us that we are to believe all women. Evidently that came with strings attached. You see, according to Kamala’s “logic” the belief in all women victims is only appropriate when it’s a Republican on the hot seat.

Photo Credit:  AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Mika and Joe want Kamala to run. What is laughable is that this was at the #MeToo ‘Know Your Value conference over the weekend.

Well, Kamala, what is the political value of your pretending ignorance about one of your staff members engaging in years worth of sexual harassment against a fellow employee? Less than zero I’d say.

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  • GWB says:

    change the paper in his printer
    As a semi-IT guy, I’m going to have to remember that euphemism! “Hey, baby, why don’t you change the paper in my printer?”
    Ranks right up there with “release my chakra”.

    by Xavier Becerra
    Hmmmm, that doesn’t seem suspicious, at ALL. (Based on what I’ve read about Becerra.)

    Telling the VICTIM that she should’ve gotten sexual harassment training?
    Your quote doesn’t support this, Nina. The article says they trained Hartley on the new policy. I doubt the new policy did much to alleviate the claimed problems, though.

    Furthermore, the details of this case make it pretty darned clear that Wallace was definitely not subtle about his harassment of Danielle Hartley.
    No, the details of the allegation CLAIM he was not subtle. Unless you link an article I didn’t see where co-workers back this up.

    The guy’s resigning has more smoke=fire to it than the settlement does. Then again, even that could be a CYA rather than real I-done-somethun-wrong. But settlements happen all the time because the cost of defending oneself is so high (it’s why there is an entire niche of corporate insurance for this).
    If there were corroborating statements to this, where is it? Certainly none is presented in the article linked.

    One nit I’ll pick with Ms Hartley: you were recruited as a personal assistant. Guess what that means? Often, it means running personal errands. It means reloading the printer (though, if the under-desk bit is true, that’s definitely harassment). If you wanted a job where you didn’t do that stuff, then don’t take a job where that is the job description.

    • Bill Cook says:

      I suspect that “personal assistant” refers to state duties, not private.

      • GWB says:

        It still tends to include “call my wife and tell her I’ll be late” and “can you go pick up those tickets for tomorrow night.”
        But it certainly trends less that way (or should) for a gov’t position.

    • I would note that the lawsuit was against the STATE, not the person.

      The State has far more resources than any individual – which it all too often uses to exhaust the funds of their accusers, or exhaust the funds of those that they accuse.

      • GWB says:

        When prosecuting, yes. However, when defending against personnel-related lawsuits (like harassment, unlawful firings, etc.) even the state finds it most easy to just pay and move on. (And states have these insurance policies and funds (see Congress) as well – to simply make the problem go away.)

        It’s essentially a plea deal for the accused. Don’t admit any guilt, but suffer a bit to make it go away.

        Again, not saying that’s actually what happened here, but we shouldn’t assume that, because money was paid out, therefore an infraction occurred.

  • 8675310 says:

    Like “Obama”, she doesn’t know about it until she reads it in the paper.

  • Robin H says:

    Why did she endure this for 5 years? I don’t know if what she claims is true or not, I’ll assume they are. What was so special about that job that she couldn’t find a replacement? Why do women subject themselves to this? Give the guy a good slap and walk out.

  • scott says:

    This could be the one instance where a claim of ignorance by Kamala Harris is BS… (under most other circumstances, I find it completely believable that she is ignorant..)

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