The New York State Assembly has issued another reprimand to Assemblyman Micah Kellner. The Assembly’s ethics committee found that he continued to violate the Assembly’s sexual harassment policy. The result is that he will lose his capitol and district offices, as well as his staff allocation.
Kellner had been admonished over sexual harassment allegations just six months ago. The Assembly’s Ethics Committee had found that Kellner violated the Assembly’s policy through inappropriate comments to staff members in 2009 and 2011.
Now, the Assembly is saying that Kellner violated that previous order by allegedly harassing additional female staff, as well as having office interns and allegedly attempting to obstruct a survey about his workplace environment.
Kellner called the allegations “unsubstantiated” and said he plans an immediate appeal.
Two of the many lessons here? It’s important for the entity having authority over a harasser to act quickly to stop future behavior. (The Assembly and its Speaker is already under fire from a lawsuit claiming that the Speaker failed to act previously and even covered up previous complaints.) And if you ever receive a sexual harassment reprimand, do what you’re supposed to and STOP.