Sexual Misconduct

Democratic Party Chair Resigns Under Pressure From Wolf

Feb 2, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's Democratic Party chairman says he's acceding to Gov. Tom Wolf's request that he resign in the wake of his comments to a columnist about the party's responses to sexual misconduct allegations against politicians.

Bill Cosby Is Hitting The Town, And Legal Experts See A Strategy

Jan 23, 2018
Michael Sisak / AP

Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring.

Pennsylvania Paid $900K Over Sex Misconduct

Jan 9, 2018
90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania has revealed it paid $900,000 in 2016 to settle a workplace sexual misconduct case, its biggest payout of that type to come to light in recent months.

The money was paid to a woman who accused her boss of molesting, harassing and threatening her while she worked for the Department of Revenue from 2011 to 2013.

Matt Rourke / AP

Recent allegations suggest sexual harassment is part of the "culture of silence" in Harrisburg, LNP Media reports.

Two Pennsylvania Officials Resign Amid Misconduct Complaints

Jan 2, 2018
Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Two Pennsylvania government officials have resigned in recent days amid allegations by women of misconduct in the workplace.

 Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed state Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay stepped down Sunday. Senate security chief Justin Ferrante resigned Friday.

Pennlive reported Solobay quit after the paper tried to contact him for a story on a 2011 complaint that he slapped a female Senate aide on her rear-end when he was a state senator.

State's Costs For Sexual Misconduct Claims Top $360K

Dec 23, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Records now show all three branches of Pennsylvania state government have settled sexual misconduct allegations since 2010, claims that included unwelcome touching, kissing and lascivious comments.

The running total of disclosed payments to settle claims and investigate complaints over the past eight years now stands at more than $369,000.

New documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Treasury Department paid $7,500 to cover an employee's legal costs in a sexual harassment and retaliation complaint and agreed to transfer her.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

 

Many observers have found loopholes in the Republican tax bill passed by the Senate and House late Tuesday and into early Wednesday. Some provisions were even found to violate budget rules and were changed last minute. University of Pittsburgh law professor Tony Infanti found that one loophole could also leave targets of sexual misconduct vulnerable. Infanti discussed the provision with 90.5 WESA's An-Li Herring.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Bradley C. Bower / AP

A Pennsylvania state senator who is the subject of allegations published by The Philadelphia Inquirer that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides hopes to continue serving in office, his lawyer said.

*UPDATE: This story was updated at 2:05 p.m., Dec. 18. 

WITF

In the wake of recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations coming to light, lawmakers in Pennsylvania are proposing to reform how state government handles allegations concerning legislators.

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) plans to introduce a bill that would ban non-disclosure agreements and prohibit use of taxpayer money for settling claims in sexual harassment or assault cases that involve lawmakers.