NWLC Praises DoJ Settlement in Cuomo Harassment Investigation

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

 We are enormously grateful to the many survivors who bravely came forward three years ago to reveal the sexual harassment and abuse they experienced while working in the office of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Without the survivors’ powerful accounts, we would not have been aware of the toxic work environment that was allowed to thrive in Cuomo’s office. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is bringing their civil rights enforcement authority and expertise to bear to create external, independent reporting pathways inside the Governor’s office for survivors to report any sexual abuse or retaliation that they face. By making its investigative findings public, and mandating effective systemic reforms, the Justice Department is sending a crystal-clear message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated—even when perpetrated by high-level public officials. Those who experience harassment by elected officials are routinely met with an absence of systems available to protect them and to ensure accountability. Today’s settlement is a crucial step toward changing that.”