A senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., submitted his resignation Wednesday due to inquiries about a $400,000 harassment lawsuit against him while working at the California Department of Justice, Fox News informed.
Larry Wallace submitted his resignation after the Sacramento Bee asked about the 2017 settlement, the paper informed.
“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said. “This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator, and she accepted it.”
The suit which was filed by Danielle Hartley accused Wallace of demeaning her based on her gender while she worked for him as his assistant.
Hartley stated that Wallace put his printer below the desk and occasionally requested her to refill it with paper while he sat and watched, sometimes even with other men in the room. When Hartley asked him to move the printer to another place, Wallace rejected the request.
The suit also mentions that Wallace made Hartley run his personal errands, including booking flights for his children and washing and performing maintenance on his car.
She stated that she reported the alleged harassment in 2011, but was retaliated against when she was transferred to another office at the state Department of Justice.
Wallace previously served as a director of the Division of Law Enforcement under then-California Attorney General Harris and worked for her during her tenure as a district attorney for San Francisco.