Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo subjected at the very least 13 feminine state workers to a “sexually hostile work environment,” in response to a settlement settlement reached between the Justice Department and New York State Executive Chamber.
The settlement resolves claims of sexual harassment and retaliation in opposition to Cuomo, a Democrat, in response to a DOJ launch on Friday.
The nine-page settlement mentioned Cuomo subjected the feminine workers to unwelcome, non-consensual sexual contact, “ogling” and gender-based nicknames. His senior employees was conscious of the then-governor’s habits and retaliated in opposition to 4 girls,” the settlement states.
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“The Executive Chamber’s response was designed solely to guard Cuomo from additional accusations, slightly than to guard workers from sexual harassment,” the settlement states.
In a statement, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, said he didn’t harass anyone and that the DOJ investigation was based on a “deeply flawed, inaccurate, biased, and deceptive report” by New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
“This is nothing greater than a political settlement with no investigation,” Glavin said.
Cuomo is suing James for documents related to her 2021 investigation into alleged sexual harassment that led to his resignation in August 2021 following her bombshell report of his alleged misdeeds.
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In a separate statement, Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi said the DOJ’s investigation “isn’t well worth the paper it’s printed on.”
Mariann Wang, an attorney for two women who alleged Cuomo harassed them, said: “We are happy the US Attorney’s workplace and the Executive Chamber have taken severe steps to make sure nothing just like the abuse Cuomo engaged in will occur once more.”
“We hope these measures have actual influence and stop the sort of repeated abuse of energy that resulted in a lot hurt to so many ladies,” she added.
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Under the phrases of the settlement, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s workplace will create a brand new course of for complaints in opposition to senior officers.