Rep. Jim Wayne requests investigation of harassment settlement

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, filed a complaint with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking for an investigation into a sexual harassment settlement reportedly entered into by four members of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

“I have requested that the Legislative Ethics Commission investigate the serious questions that have arisen about sexual harassment in the State Legislature,” Wayne said. “Our priority must be to ensure that all employees have a safe and secure workplace, one in which they are free from harassment and able to make complaints, if needed, without fear of retaliation. We also need to seek transparency regarding the funding source for any sexual harassment settlements entered into by lawmakers.

“We can show that we’re serious about providing a safe work environment with the swift start of an independent investigation conducted by those with subpoena power who are free from political interference.”

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership post earlier this month after admitting he settled a sexual harassment claim. Representative Brian Linder has since confirmed he was involved in the settlement. The Courier-Journal also reported that Representatives Michael Meredith and Jim DeCesare were involved, in addition to Hoover's chief of staff, Ginger Wills.

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