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Congresswoman Says Sorry for Not Protecting Female Employees

Congresswoman Says Sorry for Not Protecting Female Employees
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Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:27 PM EDT

Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty is apologizing for failing to protect female employees who say they were harassed by her former chief of staff.

Current chief of staff Timothy Daly says the Democratic congresswoman on Thursday also personally repaid the federal government $5,000 in severance paid to now-fired Tony Baker.

Esty says in a statement responding to a Hearst Connecticut Media article she was "horrified and angry" to learn in 2016 a former employee had been harassed and physically harmed. She says she launched an internal review and learned "the threat of violence was not an isolated incident" in her office.

A spokesman for Baker tells Hearst he denies punching the female employee.

Daly says Esty was advised to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Baker but now believes it's moot.

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Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty is apologizing for failing to protect female employees who say they were harassed by her former chief of staff.
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Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:27 PM
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