A former female aide to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she was sexually harassed in the office. Gillibrand, known for her vocal support of the #MeToo movement, is facing a #MeToo reckoning in her own office after a female staffer resigned.
A Democratic presidential hopeful who has made women's empowerment key to her 2020 campaign is facing claims she ignored misconduct in her own office.
A former female aide to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told Politico she was sexually harassed by an older male staff member last summer.
After she complained, she said the senior aide was disciplined but not fired, and top staff blamed her.
The accuser submitted a scathing letter of resignation.
According to Politico, the young woman wrote in her letter to the New York senator: "Your office chose to go against your public belief that women shouldn't accept sexual harassment in any form and portrayed my experience as a misinterpretation instead of what it actually was: harassment and ultimately, intimidation."
Mrs Gillibrand's office has acknowledged they did not reply to the former aide, saying her letter contained "clear inaccuracies".