AG James’ chief of staff wasn’t her first employee to be fired over allegations of sexual harassment

Another man who worked for Attorney General Letitia James was quietly rebuffed for allegedly harassing women in the office, according to The Post.

Enny Pichardo, a former deputy in the AG press office, was forced to resign on pain of termination in 2019 after it was found that he had inappropriately touched female employees and commented on their bodies at the Manhattan office, sources familiar with his case said.

“He was a problem,” said a source familiar with the investigation that led to Pichardo’s termination.

Pichardo was seen touching women on the face inappropriately “and making comments about women’s legs and buttocks,” the source said.

A second source familiar with the case also said Pichardo was accused of touching several female employees while they were working in the office.

“He was talking loudly about sex in the office,” the source said.

The sources said Pichardo had been warned about his behavior but continued to behave inappropriately until he was forced out of prison.

Former press secretary Enny Pichardo, who was evicted from prosecutor Letitia James’ office after sexual harassment complaints.
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Pichardo also flouted an order not to speak to alleged accusers when the AG’s office conducted an investigation into his sexual harassment actions and instead got involved, the sources said.

“It was totally inappropriate behavior,” said a source.

The attorney general’s office confirmed that Pichardo had resigned “in lieu of termination.”

“An EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity] An investigation was launched into Mr Pichardo following allegations of misconduct. From a legal perspective, we cannot comment on the specifics of these allegations,” James’ office said in a statement.

The statement cited federal and state EEO confidentiality laws that bar him from discussing the details of Picardo’s case.

But the statement said: “Mr. Pichardo failed to follow direct orders related to the investigation. As a result of these errors, he resigned in lieu of resignation and was immediately removed from office.”

Letizia James.
Prosecutor Letitia James’ office confirmed that former press secretary Enny Pichardo resigned “in lieu of termination” following a sexual harassment investigation.
AP

“Mr. Pichardo was employed by OAG for less than six months from June 2019 to November 2019. … After Mr. Pichardo left the office, OAG had no further involvement in his future employment.”

Pichardo emphasized in a Post interview on Monday evening that he was not fired.

“I resigned. I was the one who resigned,” he said.

“I have never touched a royal woman. F-k the New York Post.”

The revelation comes after AG James was accused of hiding a sexual harassment probe into longtime chief of staff Ibrahim Khan in the final weeks of her re-election campaign.

Following the election, it was revealed that Khan had announced his resignation on November 22 – effective December 31 – before an independent investigation by a private law firm requested by James confirmed harassment complaints against the chief of staff involving former employees.

Ibrahim Khan
Former chief of staff Ibrahim Khan resigned before an investigative report concluded that he abused former female staff.
Albany.edu

After leaving the AG office, Pichardo worked briefly for Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

Bowman’s office confirmed that Pichardo was employed by the congressman from January 1 to January 28 this year. His office declined further comment.

Pichardo said on his LinkedIn page he now works as an “independent journalist” with EnNYConMás, which appears on YouTube and other social media platforms.

James’ commissioned the independent investigation, which concluded that former Governor Andrew Cuomo had committed sexual misconduct against numerous women, forcing his resignation. Cuomo insisted he had done nothing wrong despite leaving under threats of impeachment, which also referenced other scandals related to his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and $5 million pandemic book deal , and accused James of ethical violations.

The Attorney General faces scathing criticism and scrutiny over the sexual harassment bombshell involving Khan, her former chief of staff, which was concealed in the final weeks of the election campaign.

A former aide who accused Khan of harassment has blasted AG James’ office for mishandling the public statement of the case.

“My problem was never with Attorney General Letitia James or how the investigation was being handled. My allegations were quickly addressed and an independent investigation substantiated my claims,” ​​Sophia Quintanar said in a statement to The Post.

“I have objected to the unclear nature of communications following the completion of the investigation.”

Enny Pichardo.
Former press secretary Enny Pichardo resigned under fire from the attorney general’s office in 2019 after sexual harassment complaints were leveled against him.
Instagram/ennypichardo

Quintanar told The Times last week: “I just find it appalling to see the Office dealing with this publicly.”

But James defended her handling of the Khan case as in the book, emphasizing the difference from the Cuomo molestation investigation.

She said she received a public referral from Cuomo to investigate the allegations against the ex-governor, and that under state law the results of that investigation should be made public.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/another-ag-james-staffer-was-ousted-for-harassing-women/ AG James’ chief of staff wasn’t her first employee to be fired over allegations of sexual harassment

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