In remarks published in Liberty for All, LP Political Director Sean Haugh details allegations of sexual harassment against former LNC member M Carling, and says that they led to the current sexual harassment policy in the LNC manual, which he quotes in his article. Haugh goes on to say,
The Resolution of Discipline against Angela Keaton by Stewart Flood presented at the LNC Meeting in San Diego, December 6-7, 2008, included several allegations of sexual harassment. As a personal witness to many of the events and statements alleged by Flood, I can testify that many of these comments by Keaton could indeed be classified as “sexual innuendo,” “leering,” or “graphic discussions about sexual matters.” Yet unlike Carling’s past behavior, nothing I witnessed could be described as “propositions.”
Furthermore, none of her comments could be described as “the harassment (having) the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the employee’s work performance or creating an environment that is intimidating, hostile or offensive to the employee.” To be honest, all of us on staff found Keaton’s comments quite entertaining and inoffensive.
The attack by Flood failed directly, but succeeded indirectly by making Keaton’s life so miserable that she can no longer serve on the LNC. Flood got Keaton off the board by destroying her life.
However, the fault here lies not with Flood, but with the Chair of the LNC, Bill Redpath.
Redpath allowed Flood to air his charges in an open meeting, even though he knew most, if not all, of the charges were false. This came at the expense of time to be spent on the real business of the party, including the budget.
Redpath took no steps whatsoever to “protect the individual’s confidentiality, as much as possible,” as stated in the policy. Just the opposite, all alleged victims of Keaton’s actions were openly named by Flood’s presentation, some explicitly against their permission.
Redpath had other options to “take prompt and necessary steps to investigate the matter,” but instead chose to hold the hearing in open session in the most divisive way imaginable. Indeed, one such option, to create a reconciliation subcommittee of the LNC, was proposed by Vice Chair Mike Jingozian and approved as the method of formal resolution to this matter by the LNC.
As he left the meeting, Redpath’s last act was to appoint M Carling as the Parliamentarian of the Libertarian Party, giving him a non-voting seat at the table.
Bill Redpath was an at-large member of the LNC during the events covered by the original article. He is fully aware of all the events that led to the current LNC policy against sexual harassment.
The message is loud and clear. With Bill Redpath as our Chair, it is open season on women in leadership or on staff of the Libertarian National Committee. People such as Keaton who crusade against sexual and gender bias within the party will be run out of town on a rail. Meanwhile, men who have a history of real sexual harassment will be protected and even promoted by Bill Redpath.
Thanks to Jeff Wartman for alerting firstname.lastname@example.org