Lynwood Mayor Pro Tem Steps Away From Duties Amid ‘Serious and Troubling’ Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Lynwood Mayor Pro Tem Edwin Hernandez has agreed to relinquish his position as the city investigates allegations of sexual harassment made against him by a female city employee, officials said.

The city issued a statement Saturday, saying the allegations under review are “serious and troubling” and that it follows a zero tolerance policy against those who are the focus of claims or complaints of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or intimidating conduct.

“The City Council has directed that a full and complete investigation be conducted by an independent third party to delve into the allegations presented,” the statement said.

The L.A. Weekly first reported on Tuesday that a Lynwood employee had filed a complaint against Hernandez, alleging that he made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

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