Harris denied any knowledge of the controversy and that the aide voluntarily offered his resignation. It remains unclear how the Senator could have been unaware that one of her top staffers was embroiled in a harassment suit.An aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) resigned Wednesday after his involvement in a settled harassment case was uncovered by a local newspaper.
The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that Harris's office confirmed the resignation of Larry Wallace, the senator's senior adviser, after the Bee contacted Harris's office with questions related to Wallace's conduct at California's state Department of Justice.
According to a lawsuit uncovered by the newspaper, Wallace was named in a 2016 harassment case that was settled last year after a woman who previously worked as his executive assistant said that the former state official "harassed and demeaned" her due to her gender.
The lawsuit also claims that Wallace repeatedly asked his assistant to change the paper on a printer located under his desk while she was wearing dresses or skirts, frequently in front of male guests. When she asked to move the printer to avoid such compromising situations, Wallace reportedly refused.