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Panel urges Maryland lawmaker be reprimanded for ‘bullying’

March 26, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland legislative ethics panel is recommending a state lawmaker be reprimanded for an “ongoing pattern of bullying and abusive workplace behavior.”

A 16-page report from the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics on Del. Jay Jalisi was delivered Monday to lawmakers.

Jalisi did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

The panel found repeated conduct that was “intimidating, degrading, disrespectful, and belligerent.”

The ethics panel found that the Baltimore County Democrat forced his staff to work overtime and wouldn’t sign their time cards. The panel also found he would not let an employee go home on a snow day, when state employees were given liberal leave.

The report says the behavior took place over the last five years.