Andrew Cuomo the governor of New York State is under scrutiny for sexual harassment of his former aide.
Claims of Sexual Harassment Rock New York’s Government, But Who Is Telling The Truth?
The governor of New York State is currently under scrutiny for the sexual harassment of Lindsey Boylan, his former aide.
The convictions began on December 13, when Lindsey Boylan posted a few tweets acknowledging the harassment she endured from Governor Andrew Cuomo during the entirety of her time working with him. She wrote that Cuomo “sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it and watched.”
This claim focuses on Governor Cuomo’s actions, but it also calls attention to the lack of action taken by others in the workplace. Every employee maintains the right to be treated fairly and work in a safe setting. Preventative measures are often taken to raise awareness about sexual harassment, but it only takes poor choices on one individual to cause problems in the workplace. In such an event, coworkers also have a responsibility to maintain fair and safe working conditions through some form of constructive intervention.
Lindsey Boylan went on to specify the sexual harassment she experienced by stating, “I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? For years, this was the way” She worked with Governor Cuomo from 2015 to 2018 as both executive vice president of Empire State Development and as a special adviser.
Governor Cuomo immediately defended himself on the 14th of December, as he stated, “Look, I fought for, and I believe a woman has a right to come forward and express her opinion, and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true,”. At such a point, it is one person’s word against another with little physical evidence, that is until former coworkers weighed in on the matter. Multiple female workers had complained about Boylan’s conduct towards them as harassment and belittling during her time in the Empire State Development. Boylan’s resignation from her position at the Empire State Development was related to these events.
It is impossible to determine who’s claims hold truth at this point, but the overall theme of verbal harassment, sexual or not, is blatantly present. In the end, it all boils down to a toxic work environment based on improper conduct concerning coworkers. The fact that this harassment may have gone on for years is deeply concerning.
At First Response, we prioritize safe and supportive work environments through the education of employees and the organization of proper human resources. Any business can fall victim to the stress and public pressure created by toxic work conditions. Employees who understand what actions qualify as harassment and how to report them are at the core of maintaining a stable workspace, and we are here to help you accomplish exactly that.
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