Former employee files sexual harassment complaint against Councilman Jose Huizar

Jose Huizar/Council District 14

Jose Huizar/Council District 14

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.


  1. The charges nonwithstanding, the salaries blow me away. These people are grossly overpaid!

    • Yeah, $113k for a “high-level” aide to a District Council member seems damn crazy.

      Thought I’d search to find the LA City Mayor Salary (for contrast) and found this list showing ‘Mayoral Aides’ salaries, it blew my mind!


      There is literally 180+ Mayoral ‘Aides’, with the top 17 Aides making $100k+ (top 6 of them making $120k-$133k), with the bottom 38 making less that $50k, but most in or near the 6 figure range.

      That doesn’t even included the 13 ‘Deputy Mayor’s’, all making $148k-$164k ea.

      This list is from 2010, so during Villaraigosa’s reign, …..WTF?!?!?!?!

      • **Correction (first line), $133k for the Council Member’s Aide salary.

      • People always make such a big deal about this sort of thing, but if you look up any corporation that manages the lives of 3 million people, and figure out how many aides their CEO has, and how many of those aides make $100k+, I’m sure you’ll find something similar.

        • I think the difference is a private for profit company, versus a public city that cannot balance its books and is always asking for more money from taxpayers.

        • You could not be more wrong Kenny. Are you an aide to Huizar? In the real world, you have to be a doctor, physician, MBA, engineer, or business owner to make 6 figures. There is no such thing as an aide that makes 6 figures. That just doesn’t happen. You must be from cuckoo land, i.e., work for the Democratic Party. Be honest. What do you really do?

        • Kenny,
          Name a corporation(s) that manage the lives of 3 million people in which the CEO has 180+ ‘Aides’?

      • Echo Park resident

        It’s a shame that LAUSD teachers barely make a living wage, while an “aide” can roll in the taxpayers’ dough.

        • I don’t think an aide deserves a six-figure salary, but it’s probably not accurate to say that LAUSD teachers barely make a living wage. I worked as a full-time teacher in LAUSD for fifteen years, I was about halfway up the pay scale (every 14 semester units moves a teacher up one level), and I earned around $60,000 a year. Substitute teachers in LAUSD earn around $180 a day. The pay isn’t great, especially since the working conditions are worsening by the year, but I think it’s a decent salary.

    • More anti government rhetoric while corporations destroy our communities and the middle class.

  2. I’ve never been a fan of Mr. Huizar, stemming from a certain incident when he was on the Board of Education. (Not realated to any sexual harrassment charge) The allegations wouldn’t surprise me if they turn out to be true. I wonder if any other women will come forward now.

  3. Huizar has been a vocal opponent of dispensaries. As a result, he is helping to maintain the prison industrial complex and financing Mexican cartels.

    • Let’s all play. I drive a car to work. As a result, I am helping to finance a filthy-rich oil company which props up a crooked regime in Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_industry_in_Nigeria#Current_situation) and causes environmental devastation.

      • Dispensaries suck money out of the black market. They hire book keepers, accountants, attorneys, web site authors, clerks, security guards. Many independent newspapers astay afloat thanks to dispensary advertising.

        Every dollar we suck out of the black market saves lives.

        Mr. Huizar supports a policy that sends money straight into the pockets of stone cold killers.

  4. Doesn’t surprise me, Jose Huizar works for the Mexican Drug Cartels.

  5. On the plus side, if you’ve seen a photo of Francine Godoy, you might agree that Mr. Huizar has better taste than Anthony Weiner.

  6. As a side note, it appears she was recently married.


  7. Huizar is now trying to say it was consensual to continue his career,as many politicians have done before him. If the truth came out, which is that he used his position to harass and torment this poor girl, his life/marriage would be over.The fact is, Francine Godoy was a victim and is now being portrayed as a home wrecker because huizar “admitted to an affair” which just isn’t true. Don’t be fooled people…this man is a scum bag-T gun

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