Dem lawmaker asks Trump to dump NOAA nominee amid sexual harassment settlement news

A top democratic House lawmaker is calling on a Trump nominee to be removed from consideration after reports that he was involved in a discrimination and sexual harassment settlement at his former company.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Natural Resources committee, sent a letter to President Trump Wednesday asking him to withdraw the nomination of Barry Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Myers is the former chief executive of weather forecasting company AccuWeather, which in June agreed to pay a reported $290,000 settlement to women at the company as part of a deal that said they were subjected to “sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.”

Myers formally parted ways with AccuWeather and sold all assets linked to it January 1.

“Federal employees have been subjected to the president’s unpopular ideas about sexual harassment and women in the workplace for the past two years. Trump’s nomination of Mr. Myers sends the wrong message about his care for the agencies and people he oversees. He has a chance to do much better, and he should take it,” Grijalva said in a statement Thursday.

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