"Although these allegations are not criminal, they clearly paint a picture of a hostile working environment for women".
The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them.
'When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside, ' Bittel said.
The women said Bittel leered at them, make uncomfortable remarks about their bodies or breasts, and exhibit other "creepy" inappropriate behavior.
A spokesman for Bittel acknowledged that he kept boob-shaped stress balls and explained that they were a birthday present from a former female general counsel as a joke.
The accusations emerged in the wake of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, prompting women around the world to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
Bittel is the latest politician to face sexual misconduct allegations.
The Florida Democratic Party said the party's first vice chair, Judy Mount, will take over on an interim basis until the State Executive Committee elects its new leader December 9. All four major candidates had called for Bittel to step down after a report Thursday in which six women complained about behavior during his tenure, including suggestive comments and an unprofessional environment.
The candidates calling for Bittel to step down included Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King.
In this December 20, 2016 photo, Stephen Bittel, center, chats with voters as members of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Executive Committee meet in Wynwood, Fla., to elect a new state committeeman. "No one should have to work in an uncomfortable environment", she said. In an apology, Bittel said he had "much to learn".
Bittel is a wealthy real estate developer who was a big money donor to the party. And some state lawmakers say they sensed the chairman doesn't understand the limits of their power and fundraising capacity in Tallahassee, where Republicans control the Legislature, the governor's office and the three statewide Cabinet posts. After losing the state to the Republican Party and Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Florida's Democrats are now looking towards the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election.