Roll Call: Rep. Rodney Alexander's office sued for sexual harassment
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Friday October 20, 2006
A Republican Congressman's office is being sued for sexual harassment, according to Roll Call.
"Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), already enmeshed in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) page scandal, now faces a new controversy as a former staffer has sued his office for sexual harassment," John Bresnahan reports.
Excerpts from Roll Call article:
Elizabeth Scott, Alexander’s former scheduler, claims that Royal Alexander, the Congressman’s chief of staff, “engaged in a course of misconduct” that included “inappropriate sex-based comments, ogling and touching” and “sexual advances,” according to Michael Hoare, Scott’s attorney. Scott told the Congressman of his aide’s alleged improper behavior but the Louisiana Republican took no action to correct the situation, Hoare said.
Adam Terry, Alexander’s spokesman, called Scott’s action a “frivolous lawsuit” and denied that any impropriety had taken place.
“The Office of Rep. Alexander values its employees and conducts all personnel matters in compliance with the Congressional Accountability Act and House Rules,” Terry said in a statement. “As a result, we believe that the facts will show there is no basis for this lawsuit, and we look forward to proving this in a court of law.”
Scott, 26, was employed by Alexander from the fall of 2005 through June 2006, first as an unpaid intern before moving up to take over as the Louisiana Republican’s scheduler. She was paid at annual rate of $30,000, according to House disbursement records.
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