Tuesday, February 8, 2022

MORE RESIGNATIONS: President Biden’s Top Science Adviser Dr. Eric Lander Resigns Over Treatment of Staff; Do They Know Something We Don't?

Source: NY Post

Published: February 7, 2022

By: Kenneth Garger

President Biden’s top science adviser, Dr. Eric Lander, resigned on Monday after an internal review found credible evidence that he bullied and demeaned his staffers.

Lander’s departure from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy came hours after press secretary Jen Psaki was repeatedly asked why he was being allowed to keep his job despite Biden’s day-one vow to fire any staffers who mistreat their colleagues.

“The President accepted Dr. Eric Lander’s resignation letter this evening with gratitude for his work at OSTP on the pandemic, the Cancer Moonshot, climate change, and other key priorities,” Psaki said in a Monday night statement.


“He knows that Dr. Lander will continue to make important contributions to the scientific community in the years ahead.”

Eric Lander served as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and science adviser to President Biden. - AP

The investigation into Lander was triggered last year by a workplace complaint from his then-general counsel, Rachel Wallace, Politico reported.

The review’s findings found that Lander treated staffers disrespectfully and violated OSTP’s “Safe and Respectful Workplace Policy.”

Recordings and documents related to the probe, which were obtained by the outlet, found that Lander had bullied other female staffers in addition to Wallace.

Biden accepted Lander’s resignation with “gratitude for his work at OTSP on the pandemic, the Cancer Moonshot, climate change, and other key priorities.” - REUTERS

Eric Lander, in his resignation letter, said, “I am devastated that I caused hurt to past and present colleagues by the way in which I have spoken to them.” - REUTERS

Of the roughly 140 staffers in the office, 14 current and former employees said they had experienced a toxic environment working under Lander. Nine of those staffers claimed Lander would yell at and humiliate employees in front of their peers.


The review didn’t find evidence of gender-based discrimination and the reassignment of the staffer who filed the initial complaint last year was “appropriate,” according to the White House.

In his resignation letter, Lander expressed remorse for his conduct.

“I am devastated that I caused hurt to past and present colleagues by the way in which I have spoken to them,” Lander said.

“I believe it is not possible to continue effectively in my role, and the work of this office is far too important to be hindered,” he added.

Lander’s resignation marks the first cabinet-level departure of the Biden administration.

Read more at: NYPost.com
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