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March 12, 2019

Kristin Gillbrand Refused to "Believe All Women" When a Staffer Complained of Being Harassed by One of Her Top Aides, But Finally Parted With Him When Media Pressure Got Too Problematic



From Politico: Gillibrand most certainly did not "Believe All Women," but she did believe in the media's ability to cause trouble for her fake presidential campaign. (She's really just trying to increase her already-inflated profile and maybe get a vice presidential nomination.)

Only after Politico -- not a woman, who should be believed -- made the case to her did this guy lose his job.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement who has made fighting sexual misconduct a centerpiece of her presidential campaign, spent last summer pressing legislators to update Congress' "broken" system of handling sexual harassment.

At the same time, a mid-20s female aide to Gillibrand resigned in protest over the handling of her sexual harassment complaint by Gillibrand's office, and criticized the senator for failing to abide by her own public standards.

In July, the female staffer alleged one of Gillibrand's closest aides -- who was a decade her senior and married -- repeatedly made unwelcome advances after the senator had told him he would be promoted to a supervisory role over her. She also said the male aide regularly made crude, misogynistic remarks in the office about his female colleagues and potential female hires.

Less than three weeks after reporting the alleged harassment and subsequently claiming that the man retaliated against her for doing so, the woman told chief of staff Jess Fassler that she was resigning because of the office's handling of the matter. She did not have another job lined up.

The woman was granted anonymity because she fears retaliation and damage to her future professional prospects.

...

Since she left last summer, the woman has been doing part-time contract work. The male aide, Abbas Malik, kept his job.

Two weeks ago, however, POLITICO presented the office with its own findings of additional allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct by Malik. Among the claims were that he made a “joke” about rape to a female colleague -- a person whom the office had failed to contact last summer despite repeated urgings by Malik’s accuser to reach out to the person.

Gillibrand's office opened a new investigation and dismissed Malik last week. Malik did not respond to requests for comment.


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