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.