“Management on the Hill, they stick together,” Davis told Roll Call of AOC officials. “Regardless of where you go, what you do, they cover it up. ... They’re trying to keep everything hush, like, under the rug.”
Davis said that Thomas is no longer employed with the AOC: He was given a choice to either be fired or to resign, and he chose the latter.
“They found out it was the truth,” Davis said.
Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the AOC, said the agency “does not comment on personnel matters.”
Temple was hopeful that the suit would yield a settlement rather than a full trial that would, he said, be “grueling.”
“It’s in both parties’ best interest to settle,” he said. “If we have to litigate, the case is going to be a grueling and very revealing lawsuit.”
Davis’ suit comes after the Office of Compliance reported late last year that workplace complaints at the AOC exceeded comparable complaints in other legislative branch agencies.
Another sexual harassment suit against the AOC filed in August 2010 by Priscilla Rucker appears at a standstill, according to count records. She alleges that her supervisors retaliated against her because she filed a separate suit in May 2008 alleging that a co-worker had sexually harassed her.
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