State Senator in trouble for Sexual Harrassment
This week, State Senator Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), filed sexual harassment allegations against fellow State Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township). McMorrow alleges that shortly after winning her seat in November 2018, she attended the orientation for new State Senators. She says that Lucido approached her and shook her hand while using his other hand to hold her lower back, with his fingers on her hips, "effectively upper rear, " says McMorrow in her filing. Then, Senator Lucido asked McMorrow where she lives and who she ran against in the election and McMorrow said she was from Royal Oak and defeated former Republican Sen. Marty Knollenberg.
According to the article Crains Detroit, McMorrow said "At which point he looked me up and down, raised his eyebrows and said, 'I can see why,'" McMorrow told.
McMorrow said Lucido's conduct was "really degrading and deflating," but she said "you deal with it," and try to do your job.
Senator Lucido is also under investigation by the State Senate for another incident after the Michigan Advance reported on a Jan. 14 exchange between him and Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue outside the Senate chamber. Donahue tried to question Lucido, R-Shelby Township, while surrounded by a group of male high school students from his alma mater, De La Salle Collegiate, a Catholic high school in Warren, "You’ve heard of De La Salle, right?” the Michigan Advance quoted Lucido asking Donahue. When Donahue said no, Lucido said: “It’s an all-boys school,” and that “You should hang around — you could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you.”
So, if thing happens all too frequently, are we sending the right people to elected offices or are we holding them to higher standards?
If you feel you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, make sure you contact your HR Department quickly.