6 women of color quit Elizabeth Warren's Nevada campaign over toxic work culture

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 7th, 2020 1:34 pm

Six women of color have quit Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) Nevada campaign just months ahead of the state's caucuses, citing a toxic work culture.

Three of the former staff members who have left since November said they felt marginalized by Warren's campaign leaders.

One field organizer told Politico that there was something wrong with the "Nevada for Warren" work culture, saying that a follow-up to a human resources complaint "left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller, or change who I was, to fit into the office culture."

Another field organizer felt she was brought onto the team solely because of the color of her skin.

"[I] felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space, but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it," she said. "We all were routinely silenced and not given a meaningful chance on the campaign."

Although Warren apologized for the way the women were treated, she blamed the "long legacy" of racism in the U.S. for the experience her staffers endured.

"You know, I believe these women without any equivocation, and I apologize personally that they had a bad experience on the campaign," Warren said. "But I'm also very aware that racism and oppression in this country have left a long legacy, and it creates the kind of toxicity where people, power structures, people take advantage of other people."