Justice Department finds former New York governor. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed employees

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Justice Department finds former New York governor. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed employees


January 26, 2024

The U.S. Department of Justice concluded that the former governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed more than a dozen state employees, according to a settlement announced Friday that upheld allegations from the damaging misconduct investigation that led to Democrats’ resignation.

The settlement between New York and the Department of Justice resolves Cuomo’s sexual harassment investigation and outlines additional steps the state will take to change the way complaints of misconduct are handled.

Cuomo, once a rising star in the Democratic Party, left office in 2021 following a report by Atty. General Letitia James concluded that he sexually harassed at least eleven women. He has denied wrongdoing and argued that James’ report was motivated by politics designed to force him out of office so she could run for governor.

The Justice Department investigation found that Cuomo engaged in a similar pattern of sexual misconduct and subjected at least 13 state employees to a sexually hostile work environment. It said Cuomo’s staffers failed to adequately report the allegations and retaliate against four women who filed complaints. The agency did not release a full report detailing its investigation, instead publishing a list of its findings.

The settlement undercut Cuomo’s long-standing criticism of James’ investigation at a sensitive time with the former governor reportedly considering a political comeback.

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice determined that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and created a hostile work environment, confirming what the New York Attorney General’s independent report found more than two years ago, a spokesperson for James said. Andrew Cuomo can continue to deny the truth and attack these women, but the facts don’t lie.”

An attorney for Cuomo said in a statement that the former governor did not sexually harass anyone.

The DOJ investigation was based entirely on the NYS Attorney General’s deeply flawed, inaccurate, biased and misleading report. At no time did DOJ even contact Governor Cuomo regarding these matters. This is nothing more than a political settlement without an investigation, said Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin.

As part of the settlement, the state will create a process for people to file complaints against senior officials with an outside law firm and provide additional training on reporting harassment and discrimination. In addition, the governor’s office will establish a program aimed at monitoring potential retaliation against people who file complaints.

The Governor of New York. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who served as lieutenant governor until Cuomo resigned and was elected to remain in office a year later, said she looks forward to continuing the state’s procedures for addressing and preventing sexual harassment and retaliation.

From the moment I took office, I knew I had to root out the culture of harassment that had previously plagued the Executive Chamber and implement strong policies to promote a safe workplace for all employees, and that I had to take immediate action to to do so, Hochul said in a statement. .

Izaguirre writes for the Associated Press


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