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Lawyers Say Esty’s Workplace Leadership Doesn’t Work In A #MeToo Moment

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (file photo). Photo by Chion Wolf for WNPR

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (file photo). Photo by Chion Wolf for WNPR

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said she will not seek re-election to a fourth term. Esty announced the decision following criticism over how she handled a workplace harassment case involving her former chief of staff.

Esty’s office eventually terminated the employee, but not before both parties signed a detailed confidentiality agreement. But in today’s #MeToo moment, those contracts are getting increased scrutiny.

It took months for her office to investigate and eventually fire her then-chief of staff, Tony Baker.

A female employee reported she was a target of harassment by Baker, which included a death threat.

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