Malibu City Council is making public its findings on harassment allegations against Mayor Protem
Six months after the Malibu City Council closed an investigation into allegations of harassment against Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Silverstein, city officials gave theirs up results in this week.
Silverstein was found unprofessional and hostile but not guilty of gender discrimination against former city manager Reva Feldman, according to one examination conducted by Ellis Investigations Law Corp., which contracts with the city. Council members released the results on Friday. The investigation took place from May to July last year.
“Initially, Mr. Silverstein’s communications and conduct towards and about Ms. Feldman were frequently hostile and unprofessional. Ms. Feldman and witnesses described Mr. Silverstein’s behavior as ‘harassment’ and a ‘hostile work environment,’” wrote Leslie D. Ellis in a Letter to the city.
“MS. Feldman had cited gender as a reason for Mr. Silverstein’s behavior,” Ellis continued. “If Ms. Feldman’s gender were a factor, then Mr. Silverstein’s hostile and unprofessional behavior toward her reflected ‘harassment’ and a ‘hostile work environment.’ However, the evidence did not support that Mr. Silverstein’s behavior involved gender hostility toward Ms. Feldman.”
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