Truth does not equal a frothy, rage-baiting narrative. Guess we know which reporter Kate Kelly and The New York Times prefers.
The New York Times owes an apology to Javier Palomarez, the former President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In February 2018, The New York Times headlines helped force Palomarez out of his job as president of the chamber. The Times’s Kate Kelly reported the chamber was investigating Palomarez for alleged embezzlement and sexual harassment of one female employee five years earlier.
Social media lit up over the story with the #MeToo moniker, but the chamber itself cleared Palomarez of the embezzlement charges only days after Kelly’s article. The one woman who complained on Palomarez stayed with the Chamber five years longer, and only complained after she was fired.
In fact, the chamber found more than just innocence on the embezzlement charges. It found victimhood. Chamber records prove Palomarez’s boss, Nina Vaca, made the charges.
In response, Javier Palomarez filed in June a 50-million-dollar lawsuit against Nina Vaca for conspiracy, defamation, and emotional distress. Vaca was Palomarez’s boss as chairwoman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She was also his one-time lover.
Palomarez says Vaca orchestrated a two-year vendetta against him after he ended an extramarital affair with her. Eyewitness affidavits attached to the lawsuit show a rare but clear example of sexual harassment and retaliation by a female boss.
The facts are clear for anyone willing to look, but it seems Palomarez’s story muddies up the #MeToo narrative too much for the Times to pay attention to his status as a victim of sexual harassment and retaliation.
The Times had every chance to report the tables turning but never took one.
Weeks before Palomarez filed his lawsuit against Vaca, The New York Times was offered sworn affidavits from eyewitnesses to Vaca’s affair and ensuing vendetta. The weekend before the lawsuit was filed, Kelly herself was offered an exclusive interview with Palomarez, but turned it down.
“Kate Kelly and The New York Times publicly shamed Javier Palomarez based solely on allegations made by Nina Vaca and spread by her liberal friends to the national media. They had an ethical obligation to let him tell his story, especially after he filed a public lawsuit with sworn testimony,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston-based investigative communications firm. “They just ignored it. Guess it doesn’t fit the narrative.”
Dolcefino, a veteran investigative reporter with 30 Emmys to his name, expressed journalistic shock that Kelly wouldn’t even give Palomarez a chance to clear his name. Kelly gave the kind of response we’d expect from a Harvey Weinstein protégé who didn’t get a callback for a role.
“I am sorry you are disappointed.”
We should all be disappointed. That’s why we are crying foul and calling out Kelly by name. This behavior is the kind that erodes trust in media.
Journalists should follow stories where they lead, but The New York Times ignored Palomarez’s lawsuit, the petition, and his own allegations of sexual harassment. Considering the Times shotgunned the issue into the public eye in the first place, this is sloppy journalism at best and outright assassination at worst, and at the hands of a vengeful Vaca.
The Palomarez story should inspire a national conversation. Does the media care at all about sexual harassment and power abuses when the perpetrators are powerful women? Does it care enough to even find out?
Javier Palomarez chose to end his affair with Vaca to save his marriage of 37 years. Then he paid the price with a scorned boss’s allegations. That story ought to sound familiar – something like it allegedly happened to dozens of women The New York Times reported on as part of the #MeToo movement. Then it was news, but when Javier Palomarez makes similar claims, under oath, it’s not worth the time.
Had the Palomarez-Vaca saga been flipped, it would be front page news for The New York Times.
The New York Times can’t afford to see exposes as a waste of ink just because male victims screw up a popular, subscription-selling narrative. Palomarez and the public are owed better.
A former Board Member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is now questioning more than the vengeance of USHCC Foundation Chairwoman Nina Vaca.
Vaca is already named as the key defendant in a $50 million-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former USHCC President Javier Palomarez. Palomarez has sworn evidence Vaca conspired to destroy his career and reputation with false allegations because he refused to carry on an extra-marital affair.
Former USHCC Board Member David Gomez is reacting to allegations that Vaca failed to disclose a prior guilty plea for assault in Austin, Texas. Investigators say Vaca completed deferred adjudication to get the case erased from her record. But information concerning Vaca’s assault continues to appear on criminal databases:
“USHCC board members know, as a matter of policy, they are required to be totally transparent when joining our board,” says Gomez, of David Gomez and Associates, Inc., “For our former
Chairwoman to conceal this type of information illustrates a severe lack of candidness on her part.”
“Ms. Vaca champions herself as a woman of great integrity and high character, but another picture is emerging as we dissect her career and her company,” says Chad Pinkerton of the Houston based Pinkerton law firm.
The USHCC Foundation is also a defendant in the lawsuit. Members have refused to terminate Vaca despite sworn affidavits in the lawsuit detailing a campaign to retaliate against Palomarez
with false embezzlement accusations because he refused to carry on an affair with her. Former Board Members say Vaca was out for blood when she orchestrated the campaign of allegations against Palomarez.
“Miss Vaca demonstrated a pattern and practice of taking what I considered wrongful actions against anyone who spoke out against her or failed to do what she wished,” says Chad Pinkerton.
“This included a clear pattern and practice of character assassination.”
As President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez was the leading national advocate for the Hispanic business community. Palomarez had become such a critical voice for the entire Latino community he was being courted to run for Texas Governor.
In October 2017, Palomarez was abruptly fired during a closed-door meeting of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation after being accused of crimes that he did not commit. The meeting lasted only thirty-one minutes, and the directors, one a BP America top executive, asked no questions about the false accusations.
By February 2018, Palomarez had been ousted from its sister entity, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, after major news organizations reported he had been accused of embezzlement and sexual harassment.
Now, five months later Palomarez and his Houston lawyers are filing a groundbreaking lawsuit that will expose the individuals involved in the conspiracy to destroy his reputation and will document that the #MeToo movement is not just about women.
In this case, a man was the target and the victim of one woman’s power.
Oil giant BP, The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and CNN Contributor Maria Cardona are identified as just some of the members of the irresponsible plot to oust Palomarez on now disproven allegations, a conspiracy orchestrated by Palomarez’ female boss, Dallas businesswoman Nina Vaca.
Vaca is Chairwoman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The lawsuit will detail clear and convincing evidence Vaca retaliated against Palomarez after he broke off ax extra-marital affair.
Details of the lawsuit will be unveiled at an 11:00 am news conference at the Law Offices of Chad Pinkerton. Palomarez will be joined by Houston attorneys Chad Pinkerton and Andrew Cobos of the law firm of Bell, Rose & Cobos.
“Nina Vaca used her power and her corporate buddies to try and destroy a good man Javier Palomarez,” says Chad Pinkerton of the Houston based Pinkerton law Firm. “When we are done, Vaca will become the poster child for sexual harassment against men, a woman who was so desperate for revenge she manufactured false allegations of sexual harassment and embezzlement to destroy her subordinate and former lover.”
Vaca owns Pinnacle, the fastest growing Hispanic woman owned businesses in the country. The news conference will detail evidence she is now retaliating against other Hispanic Chamber officials who are willing to expose this horrific national employment scandal.
“I will spend the rest of my life trying to repair the damage done to my family, but they fully support my decision to fight back publicly, no matter the odds, no matter how powerful these people are, to restore my name,” says Palomarez.
Documents to be revealed Tuesday with the lawsuit will sadly bring more national attention to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the largest Hispanic business advocacy group in the country, already struggling to keep corporate sponsors after news of the Palomarez ouster broke in February.
Other defendants in the lawsuit are U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation board members Katie Baker, Robert Rendon, Brian Tippens, Ray Dempsey and Roland Juarez, the former General Counsel of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dempsey is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for BP America. Tippens is Chief Diversity Officer of HP.
“Javier Palomarez is prepared to expose the big U.S. corporations who were willing to help assassinate his reputation because he was an outspoken leader for Hispanics and pushing these big corporate giants to put more Latinos in their corporate boardrooms and contracting rosters,” says Pinkerton. “ This was an illegal attempt to silence a major voice for the Hispanic communities all across America.”
“This is just the beginning,” adds attorney Andrew Cobos. “The other corporations linked to this conspiracy—they know who they are—should be on their toes.”
The news conference will be located on the 5 th floor offices of the Pinkerton Law Firm, 5020 Montrose Boulevard. The news conference will also be streamed live on Dolcefino Consulting’s Facebook page.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is losing money fast as its largest corporate sponsors are fleeing a sinking ship. Those jumping ship include three of the largest Hispanic owned businesses in America.
Now the word is getting out through angry members and anonymous sources. Members across the country are demanding answers. The anonymous sources want USHCC exposed. With pressure mounting, there is evidence the national Hispanic business organization is imploding.
In what looks like an act of desperation to plug the holes of the leaky ship, the USHCC has now called in law enforcement. USHCC Board Co-chair Carmen Castillo acknowledged law enforcement had been called about an e-mail sent to Hispanic business leaders all over the country. The e-mail paints a bleak picture of the organization.
The e-mail, sent by a group called Latinas Unleashed, alleges the Chamber is collapsing financially, with only about $40,000 still left in the bank, while one official is living large in a $400 a night suite at the W Hotel.
We already know corporate sponsors have left the USHCC. The organization has lost multiple key board members. Other key board members have reportedly been missing in action, failing to attend important meetings, fund raisers, kick off dinners and emergency conferences.
This all seems to be in response to the dismissal of Javier Palomarez, the longtime CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Palomarez was accused of financial misconduct, but the allegations were proven false. Palomarez has denied an allegation of sexual harassment made five years after it supposedly happened by an employee who only complained after she was fired.
In recent days, Palomarez has broken his silence on the Chamber infighting, by revealing that Nina Vaca, a powerful Dallas businesswoman and the Chairwoman of the Chamber Foundation, and Palomarez’s then boss, orchestrated the assassination of his reputation.
Palomarez has compelling evidence he engaged in a long-term extra-marital affair with Vaca. She denies the affair existed, but text messages, bank records, and sworn witness statements say otherwise. Palomarez says Vaca created trouble after he terminated the relationship to repair the damage done to his marriage of 37 years.
In a new video, Palomarez says Vaca engineered his ousting as CEO because she was angry that he ended their long term romantic relationship. This video on YouTube has been making the rounds in the Hispanic business community and corporations that have financed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber. The message is clear: #metoo should work both ways.
Adding fuel to the fire, lawyers for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce wanted worried Hispanic members and sponsors to believe the video had been removed.
Attorneys Brian Scotti and Mercedes Colwin of the law firm of Gordon and Rees now say they have been hired to represent the U.S. Hispanic Chamber “with respect to the issues raised by Mr. Palomarez in his since removed YouTube interview.”
“Their lawyers contacted me last week begging me to take it down. I politely refused. Maybe they will call the cops on me next,” stated Houston-based attorney Chad Pinkerton, who represents Palomarez. The video was never taken down. It still remains up. “I guess it stings a bit when the shoe is on the other foot. Why are they whining so much about some little ole video? Perhaps it hit a nerve,” scoffed Pinkerton.
A simple check of YouTube shows the USHCC lawyers aren’t telling the truth.
“Those Washington lawyers ought to refresh their YouTube page because the Palomarez interview is not only there, but it is a must watch video,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston based investigative communications firm that conducted Palomarez’s first on camera interview after he left the chamber.
Here’s the link….
“Mr. Palomarez made the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce a big player in Washington, financially healthy, a magnet for rising Hispanic business. Look how quickly the organization imploded after he left. Look what Nina Vaca did to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. What a shame,” says Dolcefino.
“It seems like the Chamber has bigger fish to fry than emails and videos. They ought to start looking for new sponsors and replacing board members,” says Pinkerton. “You know why that won’t happen? The Chamber lost the guy who made it happen over the last decade. Javier built that organization and what did they do, they assassinated his character and reputation. Now they are bringing the house down on themselves.”
The largest Hispanic business group in the country appears to be rapidly taking on water.
“Get the bucket out boys and girls, as it is sink or swim time now,” says Pinkerton.
Tune in for more details. Coming soon.
Javier Palomarez, the former head of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has been cleared of any financial wrongdoing.
Now he is speaking out exclusively for the first time since he resigned in February to Dolcefino Consulting, the Texas based Investigative Communications Firm.
“I am a good Texican. I was raised to never start a fight, but I was raised to not walk away from a fight either,”says Palomarez.
Javier Palomarez was the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s largest Hispanic business advocacy group until February, resigning shortly after media outlets, including Buzz Feed and the New York Times, reported he was under investigation for alleged embezzlement.
Now the rest of the story. Palomarez had been courted to run for Governor of Texas as a Democrat this year, but his political fortunes were derailed after the scandal broke.
Palomarez has been silent since February, even though just hours after the news headlines devastated his reputation, he learned an ad hoc committee of the Chamber had already cleared his name.
“I have been called a lot of things, but I am not a liar and not a thief,” Palomarez says in the interview released on Facebook and to news organizations around the country.
Former Chairman of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Don Salazar has also broken his silence. In an affidavit obtained by Palomarez’s attorneys. Salazar confirms the whole embezzlement scandal was made up.
“There was never any credible evidence presented to the board to support any such claims or allegations,” swears Salazar.
Marc Rodriguez, a former Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber Board and member of it’s compensation committee, has also provided an affidavit supporting Palomarez.
“The USHCC ultimately cleared Mr. Palomarez of all wrongdoing. He did not embezzle a single penny to my knowledge,” says Rodriguez.
So why did the Hispanic Chamber refuse to clear Palomarez name?
Salazar and Rodriguez lay the blame for the scandal on Nina Vaca, a prominent businesswoman in Dallas who owns Pinnacle, and is Chairwoman of the United States Hispanic Chamber’s foundation.
Palomarez is now publicly discussing his sexual affair with Vaca for the first time, and says the investigation was sparked by her vengeance after he broke off the relationship almost two years ago.
“The only other difficult thing is facing my wife and life partner of 37 years and admitting to her that I failed her,” Palomarez confessed after a difficult conversation with his wife.
I will work the rest of my life to earn her forgiveness. Though, I don’t know that I will ever be able to forgive myself.
Palomarez is now armed with sordid sworn affidavits from eyewitnesses to the affair, along with text messages from Vaca that will prove highly embarrassing.
In one, Vaca tells Palomarez “I fell asleep thinking and wake up thinking about you, and I love you.”
Palomarez has released just some of the text messages, and pictures of lavish gifts Vaca showered him with.
There are also bank records, showing Vaca’s Dallas company paid $120,000 towards his home in the nation’s capital. How will Vaca explain that use of funds?
Palomarez had saved the U.S. Hispanic Chamber from financial ruin when he joined in October of 2009. He had become a major voice for the Hispanic business community in the years since, with a compelling life story,the son of migrant farm workers who grew up in a one room shack with nine siblings to lead the US HispanicChamber of Commerce.
Since his resignation in February, corporate sponsors are reportedly fleeing the Chamber and it is mired in financial problems. The majority of Chamber Board Members and staff members have followed Palomarez out of the door.
“I don’t know if they can ever restore the damage that has been done there, but if I have an opportunity to set the record straight I owe it to my friends, to the people who believed in this association, who believed in me,” says Palomarez.
Vaca and her lawyers have denied the Palomarez affair allegations, but there is little question she orchestrated the move to oust Palomarez without disclosing the depth of her relationship with him.
Palomarez is also fighting back against allegations of sexual harassment. He also fell victim to the #metoomovement, which is now under fire for the lack of due process.
Palomarez’s former Chief of Staff, Gissel Gazek Nicholas, claimed that in 2013, Palomarez tried to kiss her once and touched her back. She waited five years to make the complaint, and only did so after she was Gazek Nicholas claims the alleged attempted kiss was sexual assault, but she hasn’t explained why she stayed another five years, all the while reporting to and travelling with Palomarez around the country.
“It is not true, and even if it was, it does a disservice to the women who actually have been harmed and assaulted,” says Palomarez.
Palomarez resigned to try and save the Chamber from being torn apart by dissension but has now hired Houston based lawyers Chad Pinkerton and Andrew Cobos in the fight to restore his reputation.
“The USHCC, Nina Vaca and their co-conspirators did a horrible disservice to millions of Hispanic Americans,” says Pinkerton. “Revenge destroyed a hard-working advocate for Hispanic Americans, perhaps the nation’s leading voice for his community. We plan to expose this conspiracy, Miss Vaca, and all of her cohorts. They will be shown no mercy. They will be given no quarter.”
A number of corporate executives linked to the Hispanic Chamber have received demand letters and requests for sworn statements, a sign that Palomarez is ready to fight to restore his good name.Compensation Investigation email
Palomarez and Vaca Text Messages
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Don Salazar Affidavit
Don Salazar Affidavit