The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Jay Parmley, resigned on April 15 after allegations of sexual harassment and a “secret settlement,” according to sources. Media reports had been circulating the last week about rumors that Parmley paid a former female staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations.
The scandal comes at a bad time, as the party is desperately trying to keep the Governor’s Mansion in the upcoming election this fall. Parmley is the state party’s top administrator.
“Even though I have not done anything wrong, it is clear to me that I need to move on,” Parmley wrote in a resignation letter. “I refuse to be a distraction.”
The exact nature and the extent of the sexual harassment allegations remain unclear; rumors were that someone filed a report with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Parmley blamed Republican political enemies for “spreading a false and misleading story.”
If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you need to contact an employment attorney as soon as possible. Do not accept any compensation or sign anything until you are made aware of your rights.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys