The Utah state senate on Friday announced an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Gene Davis (D).
“Wednesday evening, I learned about the allegations concerning Sen. Davis from an online post made by a former intern," Senate President Stuart Adams said in a news release. "The entire Senate and I take these comments seriously. After reviewing recommendations from the legislative general counsel and human resource administrator, I have directed an independent investigation be initiated to evaluate these allegations."
Davis's local party said it was no longer backing him as a lawmaker, and several state senate Democrats supported the investigation.
“We take the recent allegations against Sen. Davis very seriously and do not tolerate sexual harassment or any form of inappropriate conduct in the workplace," the senators said. "Sexual harassment is wholly unacceptable, and while no complaint has been filed, we have confidence in the Legislature’s workplace discrimination and harassment policies and process to support employees and interns.”
"We stand firmly with victims and temporarily suspend Senator Gene Davis from participating in Salt Lake County Democratic Party events, committees, and any party-related activity," the Salt Lake County Democratic Party said on Twitter.
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