Hillary Clinton has taken to Facebook to post a lengthy explanation as to why she did not fire her former employee accused of sexual harassment.
Hillary Clinton has responded to the claim that she refused to fire a former campaign advisor accused of sexual harassment, saying that she would have not made the same decision today.
The statement comes after The New York Times reported that Clinton made the decision not to fire advisor, Burns Strider, despite her campaign manager’s recommendations in 2008.
Burns, accused of inappropriately touching and emailing his former female colleague, was instead ordered to attend counselling and his salary was cut – a decision made by Clinton.
In a lengthy post, Clinton took to Facebook on Tuesday 30 January to reflect openly and honestly on her decision.
“He needed to be punished, change his behaviour, and understand why his actions were wrong. The young woman needed to be able to thrive and feel safe,” Clinton wrote, just before Donald Trump’s first State of Union address.
“I thought both could happen without him losing his job.”
Clinton also stated that she regretted this decision: “The short answer is this: If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t.”
Clinton at the time reassigned the alleged victim to a new role. Since the news surfaced Clinton says she “reached out” to the victim who confirmed she “flourished” in her new role at the time.
The former presidential candidate also said that it was important to believe and give second chances: “I’ve been given second chances and I have given them to others. I want to continue to believe in them.”
Strider was reportedly sacked last year from his position with Correct the Record due to further allegations of sexual harassment.
Clinton took to Twitter on Friday 27 January to acknowledge the report, saying she was “dismayed” by it:
“A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed,” Clinton wrote.
Clinton concluded by admitting how much she’s “been grappling with this” and wants women to continue coming forward to report sexual harassment without fear.
“I hope that women will continue to talk and write about their own experiences and that they will continue leading this critical debate, which, done right, will lead to a better, fairer, safer country for us all,” Clinton concluded.
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