Two leaders of Milwaukees host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were fired on Feb. 4 amid an investigation into concerns about the organizations work environment.
“Every employee has a right to feel respected in their workplace. Based on the information we have learned to date, we believe the work environment did not meet the ideals and expectations of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Board of Directors,” the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee said in a statement.
Liz Gilbert, who served as the president of the host committee, and Adam Alonso, the groups chief of staff, were ousted after staffers raised concerns several days ago, according to the statement.
It stated that their work cant be done “unless members of the staff can work collaboratively,” adding that the committee “is committed to an inclusive and supportive environment.”
The exact nature of the allegations hasnt been made public.
Peg Schaffer, an attorney for Gilbert, told the Journal-Sentinel that it was “disgruntled staff who, when confronted with a strong woman leader, is using the euphemism of a toxic workplace to complain about their boss.”
Its another unfavorable development for the Democratic Party just days after the Democrats Iowa Caucuses drew criticism for delayed results and technical problems. Democratic caucus officials werent able to release the results until about a day later, on Feb. 4.
The Democratic National Convention, where delegates of the Democratic Party will choose the partys nominees for president and vice president, will be held July 13–16 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Teresa Vilmain, who was described by the group as an experienced convention staffer, will now manage the organizations day-to-day operations for the time being.
Joe Solmonese, the chief executive of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said that hes aware of the allegations of a toxic work culture under Gilbert and Alonso. The Democratic National Convention Committee is separate from the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee.
“The Democratic Party is firm in our belief that every person deserves to feel safe and respected at their place of work, and we will always take seriously claims of bullying and workplace harassment,” he said in a statement to the Read More – Source