12/04/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2020 20:29
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus and Senator Nancy Skinner, (D-Berkeley), Vice Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus issued the following statement in light of new deeply disturbing criminal allegations against former Assemblymember Bill Brough (R-Dana Point):
'As members of the Legislative Women's Caucus, we are very disturbed by the new criminal allegations against former Assemblymember Bill Brough and take them seriously. If the investigation finds that these allegations are true, there must be swift and transparent consequences for this type of behavior. Claims of sexual harassment, assault, and unwanted advances must always be taken seriously and we are committed to fostering an environment that protects all Californians from inappropriate behavior, whether in the Capitol or in any other setting.'
'The Women's Caucus worked diligently to be a bridge between the Assembly and the Senate in creating a bicameral and bipartisan process that seeks to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable. It is unfortunate that these protections did not exist at the time this incident occurred. There is important work that still needs to be done to ensure that legislative employees-and employees in the broader workforce-are able to work in a safe and harassment-free environment.'
'The victim showed incredible courage in coming forward to both the California Legislature's Workplace Conduct Unit and to law enforcement. We must allow law enforcement to investigate these criminal allegations to the fullest extent. We are grateful for her fortitude in the face of retaliation and blame. If you are a legislative employee, please know there are resources available to you.'