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Arizona government employees named in sexual harassment lawsuit

iCrowd Newswire
07 Apr 2020, 04:04 GMT+10

Workplaces face the possibility of lawsuits if employees become victims of harassment and various other forms of abuse that is not tolerated in these environments.

Even government offices routinely deal with issues related to sexual harassment and improper conduct by employees or supervisors. They can be sued just like a private sector entity for engaging in illegal workplace conduct.

Arizona senators and others were caught in a sexual harassment scandal

An Arizona Senator came forward with a number of details regarding sexual harassment that she had experienced from another representative while in office. A lobbyist countered later with allegations that the senator had in fact committed numerous acts of sexual harassment herself that were previously unknown.

The situation implicated a number of high profile government officials and lobbyists. Senator Ugenti-Rita represents that state's 23rd legislative district, which includes the Maricopa County area along with portions of Scottsdale.

She initially accused State Representative Don Shooter of a number of inappropriate actions, including invitations to his hotel room at night and expressions of love during business lunches. These charges led to his expulsion from his position.

However, during the lawsuit and investigation into these incidents, Ugenti-Rita was implicated herself in a number of inappropriate acts involving her husband and a subordinate.

After the counter lawsuit was filed, an employee of the senator said in a deposition that she was propositioned to engage in three way sex with the senator and another man. The employee had also previously worked as a staffer for the man in question, who is now married to the senator. She also revealed that these propositions had happened on multiple occasions, and she received numerous text messages with nude photos of the senator. There was a dispute regarding whether her husband had sent the text messages without her knowledge.

Remedies for victims of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is illegal in any workplace, and the business or government office will have to pay out damages if the victim makes a valid claim. Victims of this form of discirmination and abuse can file a lawsuit related to a hostile work environment and other problems that prevent them from carrying out their normal job duties. If successful, the employee may receive compensation related to lost wages, benefits, and other damages meant to punish an employer for illegal behavior.

Attorneys who focus on cases against employers in Arizona can give advice and guidance during a consultation.

Learn more about the possibility of a lawsuit today

There are lawyers who work in Arizona who dedicate their practice to employment and labor issues such as discrimination, harassment, unpaid wages, and similar issues. The listings on can help you find a lawyer who matches your immediate needs.

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