ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Alaska faces accusations he sexually harassed a former assistant whereas he was a borough mayor.
The lawsuit filed Friday accuses Charlie Pierce of “constant unwanted physical touching, sexual remarks, and sexual advances,” the Anchorage Daily News reported.
The case didn’t present up in an internet court docket information system Saturday. The lady’s Anchorage-based lawyer, Caitlin Shortell, stated in an electronic mail to The Associated Press it was filed within the Kenai Superior Court, and she or he anticipated a choose to be assigned Monday.
“When an elected official abuses their power and position to sexually harass public servants, they must be held accountable,” Shortell stated.
The AP doesn’t usually establish alleged victims in sexual harassment circumstances.
Pierce is considered one of 4 candidates operating for governor in Alaska, and all appeared at a discussion board Saturday morning in Anchorage.
“I have no comments on future litigation,” Pierce informed the AP following the talk.
He stated he additionally had no plans to finish his marketing campaign only a few weeks earlier than the Nov. 8 election. “I’ll be in the race,” he stated.
The lawsuit additionally names the Kenai Peninsula Borough south of Anchorage as a defendant within the case, claiming the native authorities failed to guard the girl. She additionally claims the borough offered no strategy to report harassment or discrimination with out worry of reprisal.
An electronic mail in search of remark was despatched to the borough’s lawyer, Sean Kelley.
According to the lawsuit, the girl was Pierce’s assistant for about 18 months, till June 2022.
Pierce introduced in August he would resign in September to give attention to his marketing campaign for governor. The borough meeting later launched an announcement stating Pierce was requested to think about voluntarily resigning after an worker made what had been deemed to be credible claims of harassment in opposition to him.
In the lawsuit, she claims Pierce touched her breast, made sexual remarks, falsely imprisoned her in his non-public workplace, kissed her neck and face, requested questions on her intercourse life and made undesirable and unsolicited embraces and massages.
The borough has paid two different former workers a mixed $267,000 in settlements for separate complaints in opposition to Pierce, the Daily News reported.
In one, the borough paid former human sources director Sandra “Stormy” Brown $150,000 in a settlement after she claimed in a lawsuit that Pierce fired her after she informed him she had been identified with terminal breast most cancers. She claimed gender discrimination, incapacity discrimination and making a hostile work setting.
The borough additionally paid $117,000 to settle a criticism from a subsequent human sources director if the worker agreed he wouldn’t make “further allegations of ‘illegal acts’ by Mayor Pierce” and rescind his allegations of bullying, the Anchorage newspaper reported.