Over a dozen former staffers of Rep. Pramila Jayapal have accused the Washington Democrat of creating a “toxic and abusive” workplace — calling her actions “contrary to the public expectations she has set for others,” according to a new report.
Jayapal, who has been a vocal proponent of progressive policies for workers across the country such as raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, was accused of running a “dysfunctional and volatile” workplace in a scathing report by BuzzFeed News.
The report, which was the result of a three-month investigation by the outlet, cited 14 former staffers, who all spoke anonymously due to fears of retaliation.
“I’ve worked in bad environments before, and I have worked in some awful environments before for some awful people. I’ve been colleagues with some awful people,” one former staffer said. “I have never worked in a place that has made me so miserable and so not excited for public service