Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley denies harassment allegations

Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley denies harassment allegations

Former Dem rep fired by Morgan Stanley denies harassment allegations

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman turned Wall Street rainmaker, was sacked by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley in recent days "for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Harold Ford Jr. stands on stage at the Stonewall Democratic Club February 24, 2010 in New York City.

One woman, who does not work for Morgan Stanley but interacted with Ford professionally, told HuffPo that she was interviewed as part of a human resources investigation into Ford's alleged misconduct.

Ford, formerly of Memphis, was sacked for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies", according to a spokeswoman with the financial services firm, as quoted by HuffPost.

Afterward, Ford continued to email her and ask her out to drinks. He ran for Senate in 2006 but lost a relatively close race to Republican Bob Corker. (D-Tenn.) threatened legal action on Thursday after allegations he forcibly grabbed, harassed and intimidated a woman several years ago, leading to his termination from his post at Morgan Stanley.

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"False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers", Ford said in a statement, published via social media by HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali.

She also contacted two women the night of the incident and confided in them about what happened, according to the story.

With the firing, Mr. Ford became the latest prominent man to lose his job amid heightened scrutiny of workplace behavior. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe".

"I'm just learning right now", he said before hanging up on a reporter.

Since leaving Congress in 2007, Ford has worked for two financial services companies, first for Merrill Lynch and then Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 2011 as a managing director.

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