Female Candidate Withdraws From Race Due to Sexual Harassment Claims

Female Candidate Withdraws From Race Due to Sexual Harassment Claims
Female Candidate Withdraws From Race Due to Sexual Harassment Claims

Here’s a surprising bit of news: it seems men aren’t the only ones being targeted by sexual harassment accusations in politics these days. Prospective house candidate and Democrat, Andrea Ramsey, announced her resignation from the race after it was revealed that she faced a lawsuit in 2005 over workplace sexual harassment. The complainant, who has yet to be revealed, accused the Democratic leader of making “unwelcome sexual advances as well as unwelcome, unwanted and offensive sexual comments and innuendos during his employment” at LabOne. He also claims that Ramsay penalized him for refusing her advances by moving his desk to a new location, and eventually, firing him completely. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 2006, but only after LabOne paid the complainant a hefty settlement – something many are calling an admission of guilt.

Key Facts

  • For her part, Ramsay firmly denies all accusations, claiming she did not “have any opportunity to participate in [the case’s] resolution.” Despite her involvement, Ramsay was not named in the lawsuit; instead, it focused only on LabOne’s duty as an employer.
  • Ramsay cautioned people against quick judgements based on her withdrawal. “In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard. For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign.”
  • The Democrat also spoke at length about the state of justice in America and how it impacts fairness. “We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process.”
  • Ramsay was an EMILY’s List organization top choice who was chosen for her dedication to abortion rights. She is also the first congressional candidate to fully resign over accusations during her campaign (including both men and women).

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No matter what political affiliation you have, it seems that sexual harassment may be the new magical weapon to remove people from positions of authority. What do you think we can do to address sexual harassment issues, while not allowing charges and claims the power to end careers and ruin reputations before they are even proven?