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Former employee of D.C. Mayor's office accused of harassment

The Vince Gray administration is, according to sources, currently being investigated by the FBI, the US attorney's office, and the House Oversight Committee after allegations surfaced concerning bad hiring practices and inflated salaries, among other things.

In this midst of the investigation, the D.C. Council Committee has come across new accusations by a former employee that Mayor Gray broke a promise to give him a job. A former administrator, however, says that the man was fired for poor performance, unbecoming conduct, and harassment of female employees.

According to sources, the former employee had briefly been an Auditor at the Department of Health Care Finance prior to his firing. He told investigators that Gray campaign aids had given him cash to attack another candidate during Gray's mayoral campaign and that, as a reward, he was given the job as an auditor.

The former chief of staff at the Department of Health Care Finance told the investigating committee that the man was fired due to "poor performance and conduct unbecoming of a mayoral appointee" and that there were reports of harassment from female employees within the agency. One of the reports said the former employee offered a romantic gift to one of the interns. The former chief of staff of Health Care Finance recently left his position after media reports of financial problems and domestic trouble.

The former employee disputes the reports, and says there is no documentation that such things ever occurred. He also says the reports are a tactic to divert attention from the fact that Mayor Gray lied about giving him the job.

According to D.C.'s inspector general, Gray's recently fired chief of staff asked him to meet with Brown about a job.

The D.C. Council Committee will be holding another hearing on the matter on April 7, and will be hearing testimony from a number of other government employees.

Source: Fox News, "New Allegations at DC's City Hall on Firing in Vincent Gray Administration," Karen Gray Houston, 28 Mar 2011.

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