THREE NEW LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST TODD SPITZER FOR HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, AND RETALIATION
Spitzer Now Faces At Least Seven Lawsuits For Enabling Sexual Harassment, Promoting Abusers, Retaliating Against Whistleblowers, and Punishing Victims
ORANGE, CA – Three new lawsuits filed this week by women who worked under District Attorney Todd Spitzer emphasize Spitzer’s role in enabling rampant sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and retaliating against victims who were female employees in his own office. You can read the filings here.
“How many more women need to recount their abuse, harassment, retaliation, and bullying for the people of Orange County to remove Todd Spitzer from office?” said former Marine Corps Judge Advocate Pete Hardin. “The District Attorney is supposed to support victims rather than create them. Instead of giving them the dignity, respect and compassion they deserve, Todd Spitzer slammed the door to justice in their face.”
Todd Spitzer has now been implicated in at least seven sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits.
Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Most recently, Spitzer made racist remarks when discussing whether or not to seek the death penalty against a Black man. Four women in Spitzer’s office have filed claims asserting Spitzer promoted an employee and close friend despite having been made aware of the sexual harassment complaints against him. Spitzer later allowed the employee, who was the best man at his wedding, to retire with top flight benefits. Spitzer also attempted to drop sexual assault charges against high-profile defendants, leading a judge to remove him from the case. Survivors of the sexual assault survivors were “dragged through the mud” and “grossly mistreated” by Spitzer for two and a half years, leading two of them to abandon their case.
Spitzer has been involved in an evidence booking scandal, a jailhouse informant scandal, and has defamed a victim of OC’s deadliest mass shooting as retaliation for peaceful protest. Spitzer has also defended a DNA collection program known informally as “Spit and Acquit” that coerces defendants to give up their DNA to law enforcement, a practice the ACLU has called “unconstitutional.”
Pete Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators running for Orange County District Attorney. Pete entered public service when, in 2005, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, Pete served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Pete is a member of the Democratic Party.
Orange County’s rapidly changing electorate has led Democrats to now outnumber Republicans in Orange County holding a 4.1% voter registration advantage.