New York - Powerful Assemblyman Vito Lopez Loses Post In Sex Harassment Case
New York - An influential state assemblyman from Brooklyn has lost his committee chairmanship and seniority after the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance found he violated the chamber’s sexual harassment policy.
The bipartisan panel’s unanimous finding says Assemblyman Vito Lopez created a hostile workplace, including verbal and physical sexual abuse, and found his response to the allegations “not credible.” Allegations include attempting to grope and kiss a staff member.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he accepted the findings and is removing Lopez as chairman of the Committee on Housing, banning him from any other leadership positions, reducing his staff allocation to freshman levels, requiring him to get supplemental sexual harassment training and prohibiting him from employing any staff under age 21 or interns.
A call to Lopez was not immediately returned.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been punished by Speaker Sheldon Silver for sexually harassing staff.
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