ALBANY — Senate Impartial Democratic Convention Chief Jeffrey Klein might have violated the Senate intercourse harassment coverage when he stated he heard a “rumor” that he forcibly kissed a staffer in 2015, however didn’t refer the matter to anybody for investigation.
Klein on Wednesday denied an allegation a former staffer made to the HuffPost that he forcibly kissed her outdoors an Albany bar the evening the Legislature handed the state price range in 2015.
However Klein revealed that one other staffer the day after the alleged incident advised him that there was a rumor that Klein kissed the feminine worker.
Klein stated he denied the incident occurred to the staffer then left it at that as a result of the lady by no means introduced a grievance.
“My quick response then as now, was to say this didn’t happen as a result of it didn’t,” Klein stated. “Consequently, I didn’t pursue it additional as a result of it didn’t seem to require any additional motion on my half. And once more, no grievance was filed.”
However in keeping with the Senate sexual harassment coverage, “all workers, supervisors, division heads and appointing authorities are answerable for guaranteeing a harassment-free office, and guaranteeing that workers are conscious of this coverage on harassment.”
“If any worker of the Senate witnesses or is notified of violations of this coverage, she or he should give quick consideration to such violation by notifying his or her supervisor, division head, appointing authority, the Senate Personnel Officer, or the Secretary of the Senate.”
Neither Klein nor the staffer who advised him of the “rumor” — who the workplace didn’t determine — did that.
“As Senator Klein stated yesterday, he heard a rumor which he knew to not be true, and welcomes any and all investigations into the matter,” stated his spokeswoman, Candice Giove.
Senate Majority Chief John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) stated Thursday that “whereas it might be inside the scope of different entities, an investigation into this matter is just not inside the jurisdiction of the Senate.”
A supply stated the Senate makes use of a legislation agency, Kraus & Zuchlewski, as an out of doors counsel to analyze formal sexual harassment complaints and act upon the suggestions accordingly.
“If somebody makes a proper grievance, it’s handed over to the skin entity, who does a factfinding and makes a willpower as to how we proceed,” the supply stated.
Walt McClure, a spokesman for the Joint Fee on Public Ethics, which has oversight over the chief and legislative branches, stated stated his company can not remark about whether or not an investigation has been began or the standing of ongoing probes.
However he did say that by legislation the Joint Fee on Public Ethics can begin an investigation by itself with out a formal grievance.
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State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) referred to as for an ethics probe into Klein.
Gov. Cuomo additionally referred to as for an unbiased investigation as did Senate Democratic Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers.