State Legislature’s clerks took 4 sex complaints

State Legislature’s clerks took 4 sex complaints
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The Legislature’s clerks’ offices say they’ve received four sexual harassment complaints over the last decade.

Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller said Monday that his office received one complaint in 2014 and one in 2017. Senate Chief Clerk Jeff Renk his office received one complaint in 2009 and one in 2011. They didn’t offer any details of the alleged incidents.

Renk said, however, that whoever filed one of the Senate complaints also filed a complaint alleging she was wrongfully terminated from her job as an aide to former Sen. Spencer Coggs. Renk said that complaint included “sexual harassment language.”

It’s unclear who allegedly harassed her. Coggs said in an email Monday that he has never harassed any of his employees.

The Legislature settled that complaint for $75,000.

The Capital Times reported Friday that two women who requested anonymity accused Zepnick of trying to kiss them at a 2011 candidate party and at the 2015 state Democratic convention. Zepnick has said he doesn’t remember the incidents but has apologized.

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