Governor: Civil rights director should resign over comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state’s civil rights director should resign after making inappropriate comments objectifying women.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that if Agustin Arbulu refuses to step down, then the Michigan Civil Rights Commission should immediately dismiss him. The panel has reprimanded Arbulu but not removed him from the post.

Whitmer says she will no longer let Arbulu participate in her Cabinet meetings. While Arbulu oversees the state Department of Civil Rights, the commission has the authority to hire and fire the agency’s director.

A male staffer reported that Arbulu told him such things as “would you look at that woman” and said he should “check out” her butt. The staffer said Arbulu then commented on the staffer’s sexual orientation when the staffer objected to Arbulu’s remarks.

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