California Legislature: You get raped, you report it, you get fired

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a former aide to a California legislator has sued the Senate alleging it failed to accommodate her emotional disabilities following her sexual assault by an Assembly staffer.

Instead, according to the victim, she was fired for work performance issues.

Plaintiff “Jane Doe” worked for Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  Wieckowski wasn’t named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit names Senate Secretary Daniel Alvarez and Jeannie Oropeza, the Senate’s head of human resources, as defendants. The plaintiff contends contending they fired her in retaliation for alleging she was raped and for seeking special treatment in her working conditions.

So far it seems little has changed in Sacramento. To no one’s surprise, a police investigation did not result in any criminal charges, and an Assembly review did not substantiate allegations that anyone violated state policy.

The Legislature’s bottom line: You get raped, you report it, you get fired. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.


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