California assemblywoman reprimanded for unwanted hug, kiss


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The leader of California’s state Assembly on Friday formally reprimanded an assemblywoman and her chief of staff for inappropriate behavior – an unwanted hug and kiss from the assemblywoman and coarse sexual comments from her top aide.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon chastised Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, a fellow Democrat from the Los Angeles area, in the reprimand letters to her and chief of staff George Esparza. He ordered both to undergo training or coaching on appropriate workplace conduct.

Carrillo’s office said Esparza would comment on behalf of both of them, but he did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.

The incidents are the latest in a string of misconduct and punishments of state lawmakers as the #MeToo movement gained traction in recent years. Some of the complaints have cost lawmakers their jobs.

On Thursday, officials confirmed that the Legislature will pay $310,000 to a former employee to settle an unrelated lawsuit alleging that the

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