A national expert in labor law was highly critical of the Murphy administration’s handling of the Katie Brennan complaint of sexual assault — a matter that has mired the administration in controversy for months now.
Yesterday, on the eighth day of hearings into the issue by a Select Oversight Committee, Charles Sullivan itemized the administration’s failings in the case.
Sullivan said the administration should have investigated further when Brennan originally made the allegations in December 2017; that it should have told the persons who hired Al Alvarez, the person Brennan accused of raping her, about those allegations before Alvarez was hired; should have recorded decisions about Alvarez’s employment; should have followed up, after first ordering Alvarez to leave his state job at the Schools Development Authority last spring; and most definitely should have told the governor.
Two county prosecutors have declined to charge Alvarez, who has denied the allegations and left his job last October after Brennan went public with her allegations. The Murphy administration has since published new regulations for handling sexual assault allegations in state government.
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