The California Democratic Party will reportedly pay more than $2.9 million to settle three lawsuits from former staffers alleging sexual misconduct racial discrimination against the party’s former chair, Eric Bauman.
The party is paying more than $1 million to settle one of the lawsuits alleging sexual assault, harassment and racial discrimination from three individuals — former operations director Tina McKinnor, former communications director John Vigna and activist Spencer Dayton — The Wall Street Journal reported.
McKinnor, who is black, alleged in the lawsuit that Bauman had criticized her “urban” clothing style and told her that the California Democratic Party is “not ready” to have an African-American such as herself interact directly with major donors.
Dayton said in the lawsuit he was groped twice by Bauman, and Vigna said the former party chairman groped him “nearly on a daily basis” while calling him “baby” and asking to be referred to as “Daddy,” the Journal reported.
The second case involved Bauman’s former personal assistant William Floyd was settled for $1.75 million, the Journal reported. Floyd alleged the former party chair forcibly performed oral sex on him at least three times between March 2016 and November 2018.
The third case involved former….