Reports have surfaced in recent weeks that allege Vice President Kamala Harris is running a dysfunctional office with a hostile work environment.
A recent revelation, however, confirms that such allegations of Harris are not part of a new phenomenon.
A history of complaints
According to the Washington Examiner, claims of a poor work environment have been a “consistent thread” throughout the vice president’s career in public office.
The news outlet pointed to a number of complaints referenced in media reports as proof that such complaints seem to follow Harris wherever she goes.
One article from Business Insider featured a California State University communications professor who revealed that more than 20 interns had come to her in tears over their treatment during her stints as a U.S. senator and California’s attorney general.
The professor, Barbara O’Connor, revealed that she assisted a number of the individuals in transferring out of those offices.
According to other reports, lawsuits by Harris staffers have resulted in hefty payouts, including one settlement that cost the California Department of Justice $34,900 in 2011. The Examiner revealed that some of the settlements also came with nondisclosure agreements attached.
“This is a bottom-line business”
One source identified as a senior Democratic operative told the newspaper: “Look, this is a bottom-line business, and the bottom line is the vice president has challenges with staff wherever she is.”
Around the same time that Harris staged her long-delayed trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, The New York Times reported that two of her top travel aides had handed in their resignations. At the time, it was unclear why the individuals decided to quit just before the trip.
The former report claimed that the vice president’s staffers are “experiencing low morale, porous lines of communication, and diminished trust” while the latter referenced “several administration officials” who used the term “s***show” to describe the “poorly managed” office.
For its part, the White House has attempted to attack the reports by questioning their authenticity, but the “consistent thread” throughout Harris’s career is becoming more difficult to dismiss.