Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is being accused by a female employee of making multiple unwanted sexual advances toward her — and even using his state security personnel to follow her and spy on her.
Local news station WBRZ 2 reports that Dawn Ross, who had previously worked as Schedler’s executive secretary, is alleging the the attorney general would regularly make sexual advances toward her and send her cards pledging his love to her.
However, Ross said she refused these advances, which resulted in Schedler taking retaliatory measures that included having a state security detail follow her and report on her whereabouts. The lawsuit alleges that Schedler even started digging up personal information on a man whom she was dating during her time working for him.
“On at least one occasion, Schedler obtained the license plate number of Petitioner’s boyfriend and had the plate run,” the lawsuit states. “Schedler put the print out of the license plate run on his desk for Petitioner to see along with the business address where her boyfriend was employed. Petitioner was threatened by Schedler’s behavior.”
Schedler did not directly deny the allegations made in the lawsuit.
“We take any allegation of sexual harassment very seriously here at the Secretary of State’s Office,” he said in a statement given to WBRZ. “I have not seen the suit or the specific details but as the father of three grown daughters and three granddaughters I can assure the public that I believe in a safe workplace, free from harassment, and will continue my record of transparency with my constituents.”