SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Critics cite a state senator’s dramatic resignation in highlighting the work to be done to change the culture of sexual misconduct in the California Legislature.
Sen. Tony Mendoza succumbed to months of mounting tension over sexual misconduct allegations Thursday, resigning his position as he was about to face a potential vote on his expulsion.
His scathing letter called the investigation into his conduct a farce and underscored the Legislature’s struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement.
Last fall, millions of women on social media shared their experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Dozens of women who work at the Capitol joined the movement by sending a letter calling for a change to the California Legislature.
Claims were made against a handful of lawmakers with allegations including sexual misconduct as well as retaliation.
An investigation found that Mendoza likely engaged in unwanted “flirtatious or sexually suggestive” behavior with si