'Friends with benefits'
Former executive of National Congress of American Indians ousted in sexual harassment dispute
September 9, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chief executive officer of the National Congress of American Indians lost his job over his handling of a sexual harassment investigation, according to documents filed in court here.
Dante Desiderio, who was on the job for barely a year, was not the target of investigation, according to a complaint he filed in the nation's capital. Instead, it was the non-Indian attorney he hired as NCAI's general counsel who was accused of making a comment of a sexual nature to a younger woman employee.
Max Muller, according to Desiderio's lawsuit, suggested he become "friends with benefits" to the employee during her first visit to NCAI's headquarters in Washington, D.C.