Legislative: two deputies accused of harassment again dubbed by the majority

The outgoing elected Laetitia Avia and Sira Sylla will be candidates for the macronist camp a second time, despite the accusations of harassment hanging over them.

If the presidential party of the Republic in March (LREM) has been renamed “Renaissance” with a view to the campaign for the legislative elections, it seems that this displayed renewal does not concern all the deputies of the majority, nor does it establish a away from those facing accusations of harassment, as noted Release.

Thus, the deputy and lawyer Laetitia Avia, who had been accused by five former parliamentary assistants of repeated humiliations at work, of remarks with sexist, homophobic and racist connotations – without forgetting an altercation with a taxi driver – was it reinvested in the 8th district of Paris. The investigation for moral harassment, opened against him since the summer of 2020, will therefore not have been judged by the campaign staff as an obstacle to his second candidacy in the capital.

In the same way, Sira Sylla obtained the label “Together” (the name of the LREM-Modem-Horizons rally) in the 4th district of Seine-Maritime, despite accusations of moral harassment made against him by several former collaborators. As pointed out Releaseif one of his former collaborators was dismissed, the elected official appeared on May 10 before the industrial tribunal of Rouen for moral harassment, breach of the security obligation and concealed work towards a former assistant.

According to the radio West Trend, this attaché reported constant solicitations when he worked for the deputy, including calls and texts at night, as well as a request to violate the curfew during the health crisis … to deliver champagne in the middle of the night to the deputy. The local media specifies that the candidacy of the outgoing would have been the subject of “many discussions at the highest level“, Relating that Edouard Philippe would have even” strongly advised against investing the candidate “because of these challenges. Release also specifies that Sira Sylla, a lawyer in labor law by training, has already been ordered to pay compensation to a former employee for moral harassment and unfair dismissal, a decision which she has appealed.

For her part, the elected official recently presented herself on Twitter as “an accomplished MP” at the end of her first parliamentary term.

In a previous article, Release welcomed the dismissal of other deputies implicated in cases of harassment or unfair dismissal, including Pierre Cabaré in Haute-Garonne or Benoît Simian in Gironde, a sorting which will therefore not have been complete for the June ballot. Another recent case, this time about extravagant expense reports, prompted LREM MP Coralie Dubost to give up running for a second term and to withdraw from political life.


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