14th District Councilman José Huizar today denied allegations by a former female staffer that she faced retaliation and discrimination because of her “refusal to engage in sex,” according to an L.A. Times story.
The charges are contained in a workplace discrimination suit filed by 33-year-old Francine Godoy, who worked as “high-level” aide for Huizar until April when she filed the complaint. “I was subjected to sexual harassment [quid pro quo and hostile work environment] and retaliated against when I refused advances,” according to a complaint filed with the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Huizar, a resident of Boyle Heights whose district stretches from Eagle Rock and Highland Park to downtown Los Angeles “strongly and emphatically denies the assertions,” according to an email sent to the Times by council district Jose Huizar.
Godoy, who earned $133,000 a year while working for Huizar, currently works for the city’s sanitation department.