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Senator Bob Archuleta has been sued for sexual harassment by a former employee, identified as “Jane Doe”.

According to court documents filed last Thursday, Sen. Archuleta made inappropriate comments about her breasts and publicly reprimanded and embarrassed her. She also claims that he shared with her information about affairs he had.

The former employee also claims she experienced workplace discrimination and retaliation after she dismissed his sexual advances. She resigned after she complained of sexual harassment to her supervisor.

The suit also states that she filed a complaint with the Legislature’s Workplace Conduct Unit (WCU) but it failed to act in a timely manner.

In an email statement, Archuleta denied the allegations and looked forward to disproving the claims in court.

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said that they were made aware of some of the allegations. He said that since the suit was filed before the investigation was completed, the WCU’s investigation was placed on hold.

In California, it is illegal for employers to harass or discriminate against employees or applicants because of their race, gender, gender expression, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Harassment also includes sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, may they be physical or verbal.

Our sexual harassment attorneys at Mesriani Law Group are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees. With our focus on employment and labor laws, we continue to successfully achieve the best results for our clients and obtain the damages they deserve.

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Rodney Mesriani

Rodney Mesriani is the principal partner of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica based Mesriani Law Group. He specializes in personal injury and employment law while also being an accomplished litigator and trial attorney. Rodney is an aggressive negotiator and a well-known and respected attorney in the areas of practice he specializes in.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Northridge before attending Southwestern School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. While being an accomplished personal injury and employment lawyer, Rodney Mesriani has made it a point to attend numerous State Sponsored MCLE events and seminars over the years as a law practitioner to be informed of the latest laws and litigation strategies.



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