The Florida state Senate paid $900,000 in legal fees to settle a sexual harassment case against a powerful Republican, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was filed by Rachel Perrin Rogers, a legislative staffer, who claimed discrimination and retaliation after reporting sexual misconduct by former Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala.
As part of the settlement, the victim was forced to resign her job working for Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
“In accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement, my resignation will be effective January 4th, 2019,” the Tampa Bay Times reported Rogers wrote to Simpson. “Having the opportunity to assist as you’ve served your constituents has been an honor.”
“I feel an immense sadness that at this time I am no longer able to do this work for you in the Senate,” Rogers added.
The Senate denied “any wrongdoing or unlawful acts.”