Lawmaker, #MeToo Leader Cristina Garcia Facing More Harassment Allegations
Style Magazine Newswire | 2/23/2018, 12:45 p.m.
It’s been a quick fall from grace for a state lawmaker who was once a legislative leader in the #MeToo movement since a former staffer accused her of sexual impropriety. Now, she faces a second allegation. Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens has been on voluntary, unpaid leave since Feb. 9, after former Capitol staffer Daniel Fierro accused her of groping him at a legislative softball game in 2014. Now, a former field representative for Garcia has filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, alleging the assemblywoman for District 58 urged staffers to play spin the bottle at an alcohol-fueled hotel party in 2014. According to court documents, when claimant David Kernick complained to Garcia about the incident, she retaliated against him. Garcia ultimately fired Kernick.