L.A. Councilman’s Sexual Harassment Trial Expected to Begin in November

According to the Los Angeles Times, a judge has a set a trial date in the sexual harassment case filed for a longtime aide to city council member Joe Huizar.

The trial is expected to begin on November 10. Huizar is accused of harassing former aide Francine Godoy, whose attorneys are reportedly looking to call as many as 20 witnesses in the case.

Godoy, who worked for Huizar for seven years, said that her former boss waged a campaign of retaliation and harassment against her after she refused to provide “sexual favors,” according to the Times.

Huizar, 45, called the claims false and malicious, and said that he had a consensual relationship with Godoy. Huizar is married and has four children—he reportedly has asked forgiveness from his family.

In her lawsuit, Godoy claims that Huizar cut her duties back significantly and ordered her home after she refused his advances. She said that she was forced to quit her job and took a position at the city’s Bureau of Sanitation.

Huizar, who represents neighborhoods stretching from Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock, is running for a third and final four-year term in the March 2015 election, according to the Times. Last year, a special committee was ordered to investigate Godoy’s claims, but her lawyer would not let her appear before a panel out of fear that it would not be impartial.

I Have Been Sexually Harassed at Work

Sexual harassment in the workplace can be difficult to prove and is quickly becoming one of the most common complaints on the job. Over 11,300 sexual harassment charges were filed nationally in 2011, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Our Los Angeles labor law attorneys understand the upsetting effects sexual harassment can have on victims, and we are dedicated to getting justice for those subjected to it on the job. Call our office today to speak with one of our attorneys about your workplace rights. We want to hear your story.

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Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trial-date-huizar-20140310,0,7261873.story#axzz2vl3RChBE