Oregon lawmaker faces sexual harassment accusations

The interim House Conduct Committee on Monday implemented safety measures against Hernandez

Posted: May 5, 2020 5:57 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Seven people have accused an Oregon state lawmaker of harassment, prompting calls for his resignation.

KGW-TV reports Democratic Rep. Diego Hernandez of Portland is the subject of accusations ranging from verbal and physical sexual harassment to creating a hostile work environment.

The interim House Conduct Committee on Monday implemented safety measures against Hernandez, including that he provide notice 24 hours before entering the Capitol.

Hernandez did not participate in the hearing Monday.

But in an email hours later to The Oregonian/OregonLive, he asked people to ''withhold judgment until the investigation is complete.''

Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland said in a statement Monday afternoon she believes Hernandez should resign.

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