Andrew Cuomo May Be Forced To Testify In Sexual Harassment Probe


Letitia James, the New York State attorney general, will have wide-ranging subpoena powers to request documents and call witnesses to examine sexual assault allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

The independent inquiry, which is likely to be months from now, may also scrutinize not just the sexual harassment accusations made by two former aides last week but “potential claims from other women as well,” according to a report.

A lawyer who specializes in employment law and sexual harassment cases, Nina Pirrotti, believes, “The end game is that a report that found him culpable would bring pressure to bear on him personally, on his regime, on the Legislature to act.”

But the harassment accusations could be even more damaging for Andrew Cuomo’s family, who has advanced protections for women in the workplace. Gov. Cuomo’s 17-year-old daughter raises awareness over sexual assault by selling T-shirts that read, “my having a good a– does not give you a right to be one.”

Investigators will ultimately produce a public report on the sexual harassment cases, “which is bound to include a summary and analysis of their findings, maybe even recommendations,” the New York Times cited.  “Experts said the civil inquiry could look at whether Mr. Cuomo violated the state’s human rights laws and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal law that protects against harassment because of a person’s sex.”

Pirrotti added, “These women do have the option, potentially, to bring claims against their employer, the State of New York, for Gove… (Read more)

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