This statement was released by Jennifer Muir Beuthin just before 8AM today; she notes the vote to terminate Julio Perez was unanimous.
January 25, 2018 — Following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, delegates for the Orange County Labor Federation on Thursday voted to terminate the employment of Executive Director Julio Perez effective immediately.
The investigation was initiated in October following allegations posted on Facebook as part of the #metoo movement regarding Mr. Perez’s alleged conduct. OCLF hired an independent attorney to conduct the investigation, and that attorney reported credible testimony from multiple women whose allegations ranged from inappropriate comments to inappropriate sexual activity in the workplace and retaliation. Based on findings and recommendations of the independent attorney investigator, OCLF took action to terminate Mr. Perez Thursday night in accordance with its bylaws.
“There is no place for sexual harassment in the labor movement and tonight’s vote is consistent with the values union members fight for every day,” said Jennifer Beuthin, who was designated under OCLF policies as the investigation’s liaison. “Together, we will continue to build power for working people in Orange County, stand up against injustice wherever it appears and remain a strong partner in the communities where we live and work.”