Governor Wolf wants Caltagirone to quit over sexual harassment payout

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2017 6:51 AM

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf speaks before he signs legislation reauthorizing Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Governor Tom Wolf  says a longtime member of the state House should resign in the wake of reports that taxpayers paid about $250,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

Wolf issued the call to quit after The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the settlement paid to a former legislative aide to Representative Tom Caltagirone of Berks County.

Wolf says verbal and physical harassment "is flat-out wrong," and he supports proposals by female lawmakers "for reform in this area."

House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody says his caucus agreed to pay out $514,000 since 2007 to settle claims by employees.

Two involved sexual harassment claims against two members, and five were other types of employment matters.

Dermody says he's bound by confidentiality agreements and mindful of the privacy rights of former employees.

Caltagirone's been a House member for four decades. He hasn't responded to messages seeking comment.

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