Ex-lawmaker fired by Morgan Stanley over sexual misconduct claims

07 December, 2017, 22:52 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Reuters

Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired for misconduct by Morgan Stanley after facing a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Yashar Ali reported for HuffPost that a woman who worked with Ford said she was interviewed by Morgan Stanley's HR department for a probe on misconduct.

Photo Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was sacked from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior "inconsistent with our values". She also produced emails from Ford that ended with her asking him to stop contacting her and Ford apologizing and agreeing not to.

The woman said that Ford harassed, intimidated, and forcibly grabbed her while they were out professionally one night in Manhattan.

The email, which was reviewed by HuffPost, shows that the woman emailed Ford after he repeatedly asked her to drinks. In a response email, the woman allegedly told him to stop contacting her and cited his inappropriate behavior during their last encounter.

Ford comes from a prominent political family in Tennessee.

Ford succeeded his father - Harold Ford Sr. - as the congressman for the heavily-Democratic Ninth Congressional District in 1996. During that campaign, a negative political ad aimed at Ford Jr. caused a firestorm when it mentioned his attendance at a 2005 Superbowl party hosted by Playboy.

Ford was hired by Morgan Stanley in 2011 as a senior client relationship manager.

He had meanwhile been keeping his political irons hot as a frequent guest commentator on the NBC "Morning Joe" program and in other venues, like a continuing role as lecturer at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MI, the former congressman's alma mater. He ran for Senate in 2006 but lost a relatively close race to Republican Bob Corker.

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