A former staffer for GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn has filed swimsuit towards his workplace alleging a “reckless and dangerous approach to COVID-19.”
Brandon Pope is a former Marine who went to work in Lamborn’s workplace in Colorado Springs in April 2019, first as a Congressional Fellow, and later as a Defense Advisor. He claims he was fired in December 2020 “for seeking to protect employees from unsafe conditions in the workplace,” in line with the grievance filed within the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia.
The protections he sought included permitting some staff who have been excessive threat or who had relations at excessive threat to telework and implementing social distancing measures.
Lamborn spokesperson Cassandra Sebastian has denied the allegations. In a press release she mentioned, “The workplace safety allegations made by Mr. Pope are unsubstantiated and did not result in the termination of his employment. Congressman Lamborn looks forward to full vindication as all facts come to light.”
Pope’s lawyer was unavailable for remark Thursday night.
The grievance alleges that Lamborn didn’t require staff in his workplace to put on masks or allow social distancing, saying he wouldn’t enable House Leadership to dictate how he ran his workplace. Currently, Democrats management the chamber and have applied pandemic procedures, similar to masking and social distancing, that some Republicans have railed towards.
Lamborn did find yourself letting his DC staffers do business from home after a number of staff examined optimistic for COVID final fall. According to the grievance, Lamborn’s chief of workers instructed staff despatched house to not inform individuals they have been near that they’d examined optimistic for COVID-19, which was reported on the time. Lamborn’s workplace mentioned in November the Colorado Springs Republican himself had examined optimistic.
Pope additionally got here down with COVID shortly thereafter. In the lawsuit, Pope contends Lamborn was “the direct or indirect cause of his infection.”
Also included within the swimsuit are different examples that Pope claims exhibits Lamborn’s disregard for moral guidelines and norms.
Those embrace allegations that he allowed his son to stay in a storage space within the basement of the U.S. Capitol for some weeks whereas he was transferring to Washington, D.C.; used workplace workers to run private errands for his household, similar to loading furnishings to be moved to Lamborn’s trip house, selecting up mail from his private residence when he was out of city, or serving to his son prep for job interviews; and that workers have been compelled to offer Christmas and birthday items to Lamborn and his spouse.
According to the swimsuit, the official cause Pope was given for his termination on Dec. 7, 2020, was “an alleged lack of professionalism and abrasiveness toward his colleagues and superiors.”
Read the total grievance: