sexual harassment

6:42 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Arnold Ethics Trial May Continue

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The ethics trial against former lawmaker John Arnold may continue. Because the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission did not consider a motion to dismiss the case against the West Kentucky lawmaker in a hearing last week, the case may go forward.

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2:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Sexual Harassment Training Bill To Become Kentucky Law


A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law. 

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11:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Legislators Receive First Sexual Harassment Training

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Kentucky lawmakers have finished their first-ever training on sexual harassment.

More than a hundred lawmakers heard a lecture from Aime McFerren, a Louisville attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She shared strategies for identifying sexual harassment, and the benefits of preventing it.

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1:08 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Judge to Decide Who Can Be Named As Defendants in Fmr Rep. Arnold Sexual Harassment Case

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A Franklin Circuit Court Judge will decide which parties can be named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the state and a former Kentucky lawmaker.

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3:29 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Kentucky State Senators To Undergo Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

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Kentucky state senators will be required to undergo sexual harassment training before the start of next year’s legislative session.  

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6:36 am
Thu October 10, 2013

KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe

Former Rep. John Arnold
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A select committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker will consider sending letters to all legislative staffers inviting them to come forward with grievances.

Members of the panel will vote on that proposal from Republican state Representative Robert Benvenuti next Wednesday.

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5:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Will Coursey Likely to File Countersuit in Sexual Harassment Case


Western Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey’s lawyer says the legislator is likely to file a countersuit against claims he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant.

Paducah Attorney Mark Edwards says the Democratic lawmaker denies Nicole Cusic’s allegations that he sexually harassed interns and Legislative Research Commission employees in February 2012.

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5:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Investigative Kentucky House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options

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A special Kentucky House committee has begun the job of investigating sexual harassment claims against Rep. John Arnold.

The committee was formed earlier this month after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a petition of censure or expulsion against Arnold. But now that Arnold is no longer a member of the legislature, the committee is limited in its options should its investigation find Arnold guilty.

Stumbo said that he believes the Kentucky constitution will permit the House to vote in favor of fining Arnold despite his resignation should he be found guilty. Rep. Arnold Simpson, a Democrat from Covington, said the amount of the fine should be used to offset the costs of the investigation.

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4:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment Resigns

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A state representative legislative staffers have accused of sexual harassment has resigned.

Democratic State Rep. John Arnold submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear today. A special legislative committee that’s investigating the charges against the Sturgis lawmaker was scheduled to have its first meeting next week and could have recommended Arnold’s censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

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11:58 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator

House Speaker Greb Stumbo
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A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.