A Michigan Senate investigation into Sen. Pete Lucido’s behavior found allegations of sexual harassment by several women to be credible, according to reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey added in a statement that the investigation found “inappropriate workplace behavior.”
As a result, Lucido has been stripped of a committee chairmanship and ordered to undergo training.
“In January, I directed the Senate to retain outside counsel to lead an investigation into several allegations made against Senator Lucido. Outside counsel and the Senate Business Office undertook a thorough and exhaustive investigation into allegations made against the senator and found the senator’s conduct to be ‘inappropriate workplace behavior,” Shirkey’s statement reads.
Earlier this year Lucido faced three public accusations of sexual harassment.
The allegations began when a reporter for Michigan Advance wrote an article alleging an inappropriate comment Lucido made about her in front of a group of high school boys.
He reportedly told her in front of the group of boys that they “could have a lot of fun” with her.
Sen. Lucido initially apologized for what he called a “misunderstanding” and for offending the female reporter. But then he said he never made that comment at all.
Democratic senator Mallory McMorrow and a regulatory affairs specialist for a trade group made similar comments.
McMorrow filed a sexual harassment complaint against Lucido. Lucido reportedly told her he “could see why” she beat her male incumbent while looking her up and down.
The regulatory affairs specialist reported that Lucido commented on her appearance while touching her lower back.
Lucido has yet to make a comment regarding the allegations against him.
This case shows that sexual harassment is everywhere. In the United States, every employee has the right to work in an environment without being treated unfairly or harassed on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a huge problem across the United States and our Florida Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help victims of this type of abuse hold their abuser resposible for their actions.
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- Touching someone inappropriately
- Promising job advancement in exchange for sexual or romantic activities
- Engaging in uninvited “x-rated” conversations
- Provocative gestures
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
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