Michigan Democrat Brenda Marshall has been very vocal regarding sexual harassment, even offering legislation that requires staff to take an online course covering the subject. Now it has been learned that Marshall kept her chief of staff on the payroll despite multiple claims of harassment.
From The Hill:
Rep. Brenda Lawrence kept aide on payroll despite harassment claims: report
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), who has offered legislation to require congressional staff to take an online course on sexual harassment, has retained her chief of staff despite complaints from former female staffers about his behavior, according to Politico.
In a story published early Tuesday, the news outlet cited three former female staffers who said they complained to Lawrence about the behavior of chief of staff Dwayne Duron Marshall. Two of the former staffers described unwelcome physical contact on the part of Marshall.
Lawrence in an interview with Politico denied any knowledge of sexual harassment accusations by her employees.
“I want to be very clear, very firm, that I had no knowledge of any allegations of sexual harassment in my office, and when I say none, I mean none,” Lawrence told Politico.
In a statement emailed to The Hill, Lawrence said none of the allegations she was made aware of included sexual harassment and that she would have taken “appropriate disciplinary action” to address any sexual harassment accusations.
Lawrence has now placed Marshall on leave, per Morning Sun:
Brenda Lawrence puts top aide on leave amid allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker on Tuesday placed a top aide on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by former female aides.
Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence, the former Southfield mayor, placed Chief of Staff Dwayne Duron Marshall on leave following a Politico report detailing allegations of inappropriate behavior. Several of the former aides said they’d brought their concerns to Lawrence.
In a statement, Lawrence said she had never received any sexual harassment complaints from staff members. Lawrence is a former harassment complaint investigator who recently introduced legislation to require such training for congressional staff.
“As in any office environment, there have been occasions when employees have brought workplace concerns to my attention and those concerns were promptly addressed,” Lawrence said. “However, none of the concerns brought to my attention involved allegations of sexual harassment — behavior that I will not tolerate. Had I been made aware of any concerns about sexual harassment in my office, those concerns would have been promptly investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken, including termination of employment of any individual engaged in sexually harassing behavior.”
Hmm. What took so long to place the man on leave? Has the MSM said anything yet?