Lawmaker accused of firing aide who refused kissing game


Daniel Fierro, a former staffer for fellow California lawmaker Ian Calderon, alleges that Garcia-whom he said appeared to be drunk-groped him following a softball game.

The former aides, three of whom remained anonymous from fear of retaliation, also said in the Rendon letter that "Ms. Garcia commonly and pervasively used vulgar language with, to, at and around staff".

David John Kernick, 38, who worked in Garcia's office in 2014, told Politico he was sacked after five months for questioning the Democrat and #MeToo activist's decision to make her staff play "spin the bottle" after a fundraiser.

A state legislator from the Los Angeles area was accused of urging staffers to play "spin the bottle" in a booze-fueled hotel party after a political fundraiser, it was reported Sunday. He said Kernick was warned for not doing his job, was encouraged to do better and was sacked when his work did not improve.

Before the first round of charges broke earlier this month, Ms. Garcia had pushed the feminist line about sexual harassment and complained about being the victim herself. He said Garcia fired him two days after writing him up.

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In mounting allegations against the California Assemblywoman Garcia, 38, who was at the helm of the #Metoo movement, was also accused of sexually harassing a former legislative staffer in 2014. Kernick said the write-up prevented him from finding another job in politics.

"If Mr. Kernick wants to talk about his time working there, then he ought to open up his own personnel records and let people see what was written in there", Reardon said.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday, Garcia said that she "will address each of these issues individually after the investigations into these allegations are closed".

He said he never received any formal or informal complaints about Garcia or the office environment during his time as chief of staff.

"It's like a malicious, really freakish alternate universe built on a lot of innuendo and lies exclusively to destroy to character of Assemblywoman Garcia", Reardon said.

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However, as I've said before, any claims about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and I believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard of accountability.

"They chose to come out not for themselves ... but also to let everybody know what it was really like working for her", Gilleon said.

But "I am confident that I consistently treated my staff fairly and respectfully", she said.

Garcia has denied all the allegations against her. Gilleon said his clients made a decision to come forward after Fierro went public with his allegations.

The Bell Gardens Democrat has called on several male colleagues to step down over sexual misconduct allegations last fall.

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