FX Crowley, a candidate for supervisor in District 7, has mailed out his pro-woman flier, “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” in which he lists his fancy endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma.
One woman who I bet won’t be supporting him is Sandy Reed. Prior to running for office, Crowley was the stagehands’ business manager for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16. In 2005, Reed sued Crowley, another union official and Local 16 for sexual harassment and discrimination. In 2008, Reed was awarded $500,000 by an arbitrator who heard the case and found that Crowley and the other official enforced union rules that were arbitrary and resulted in Reed unfairly being denied advancement.
During the legal proceedings, it was revealed that only a tiny fraction of the union’s members were women and that Local 16 didn’t recruit women. Union officials also testified that they had no process or policy in place to handle sexual harassment or discrimination claims.
The attorney representing Reed was none other than former supervisor and mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez. Last I checked, he had not endorsed Crowley either.