Top Aide to Kamala Harris Resigns After Harassment Allegations Surface
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has lost a top aide amid allegations of harassment. Larry Wallace resigned Wednesday after The Sacramento Bee asked about a $400,000 settlement to end a lawsuit from Danielle Hartley, who was Wallace’s assistant at the California Department of Justice. The settlement dates back to when Wallace was the Director of the Division of Law Enforcement at the California Department of Justice under Harris, who was state Attorney General at the time. According to the paper, Hartley accused Wallace of harassing and demeaning her “due to her gender.” Wallace allegedly fitted a printer beneath his desk and demanded that Hartley, who was hired as Wallace’s assistant in 2011, tend to the ink or paper daily -- frequently while he was sat at his desk or in front of other senior male members of staff. Wallace also allegedly diverted Hartley from “meaningful” work and instead asked her to complete personal errands such as fixing his car. When she complained, Hartley claims she was effectively pushed out and told by senior management to quit her job. At the time the lawsuit was filed, Harris was transitioning to her new role as Senator. Wallace had previously worked for Harris when she was San Francisco district attorney and as a detective for the Oakland Police Department prior to that. The case was settled in May 2017, when Harris had appointed Wallace as a senior advisor. However, the Senator did not know about the allegations when she gave him the position. When the paper raised the issue, Wallace’s exit was swift. More here.