The Latest: Anti-harassment group calls for new hearings
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on allegations that supervisors at a New York state agency for the disabled failed to respond appropriately to repeated instances of sexual harassment in an upstate office (all times local):
Supporters of stronger sexual harassment policies in New York state are demanding legislative hearings following an Associated Press story about allegations that supervisors did little to stop harassment in a small state government office.
Harassment Free Albany said Friday that hearings would allow victims to highlight weaknesses in anti-harassment policies. The organization was created by ex-legislative aides who say they were harassed by legislators.
Three women who worked at the state office in Glens Falls say supervisors witnessed years of harassment by a male co-worker but took little action until he threatened a co-worker with sexual assault.
The agency has defended its handling of the case, noting that the man is now suspended without pay pending a disciplinary proceeding.
Last month lawmakers held their first hearing focused on harassment in 30 years.
Three women who work in an upstate office for a New York agency for the disabled tell The Associated Press that they complained for years about a male-co-worker groping them, exposing himself and calling them vile names.
They say no significant action was taken until a year and a half ago when he threatened to sexually assault one of the women and was charged with harassment.
Administrative assistant Chad Dominie pleaded guilty to a violation — less than a misdemeanor — and was suspended without pay. He remains a state employee pending the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding.
Dominie has acknowledged engaging in “locker room” behavior but denied exposing himself, threatening or touching anyone inappropriately.
The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has defended its handling of the situation at the office in Glens Falls.