NOW Statement on Lopez Fine: Public Shouldn’t Have to Pay
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOW-NYC president Sonia Ossorio said, “It’s an abuse of the political process to use campaign donations to pay fines incurred from acts of horrible sexual harassment. Vito Lopez’s contributors should be up in arms that this is allowed, and they deserve a refund. At the very least they should be asked by Lopez, ‘Can I use this money to pay fines for sexually harassing women, or do you want it back?'”
It’s expected that the Legislative Ethics Commission will be imposing the harshest fine in its history on former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, penalizing him for violating the Public Officers Law, by sexually harassing at least eight women employees.
The National Organization for Women is the nation’s largest organization working to advance women’s rights and improve women’s lives. The New York City Chapter of NOW, founded in 1966, is the largest chapter in the country with 5,000 members locally and 35,000 statewide. NOW-NYC works to promote women’s reproductive rights, secure women’s economic empowerment, and end violence and discrimination against women.
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