A 56-year-old woman who worked as a water board member for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California has filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the Mayor of Carson for sexual harassment. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California is also named as a defendant in the pending lawsuit.
The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred back in November of 2013 while the woman and the mayor were staying at a hotel in Washington, D.C. According to court documents, the mayor invited the woman to attend an American Leaders Water Conference with him, so the two flew into Washington D.C. together and shared a taxi to the hotel where they were staying. The woman states that while they were at the hotel, the mayor allegedly forced his way into her room and pushed her onto a bed in a hotel room, then proceeded to sexually assault her. She states that he then reportedly proceeded to harass and bully her during their return trip back home.
Although the lawsuit alleges that the mayor is guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress, gender violence, sexual harassment and sexual battery, the mayor stated in an interview that the alleged incident never happened. He reportedly was not even aware of the allegations against him until the woman filed the lawsuit. During an interview, he stated that he believes that the woman has brought the lawsuit against him as a form of retaliation simply because he refused to support her when she ran for a seat on the board.
Individuals who are involved in a sexual harassment claim may find it beneficial to learn more about their legal rights and how they may pertain to their case.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Lawsuit alleges Carson mayor sexually assaulted daughter of California political icon,” Larry Altman, Sandy Mazza, May. 13, 2015