Javier Palomarez, former CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, accuses Nina Vaca of sexual harassment
At the beginning of the year, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) was caught in a tailspin by the #MeToo movement when its executive director, Javier Palomarez, had to resign over charges of corruption and sexual harassment.
As the New York Times reported then, his former staff director Gissel Gazek Nicholas accused Palomarez of having tried to kiss her without consent. Added to this, the board of the chamber initiated an investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds against him, following the public denunciation against him made by Nina Vaca, the former director of the board.
After the chamber determined that “the payment of wages was appropriate” and that it would not pursue the case against Palomarez, the former director argued that the accusations were the result of “a deteriorated love affair” between him and Vaca, who is the current CEO the Pinnacle Group of Dallas.