Schedler claims consensual relationship with employee suing him for sexual harassment

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he had a consensual relationship with a woman who is suing him for sexual harassment. The woman, through her attorney, denies they were involved. (Photo by David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune) Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is now saying he had a consensual sexual relationship with the woman who is suing him for sexual harassment. The woman, who still works in the department, recalls it differently, her lawyer said.

"It wasn’t ‘consensual’ and it wasn’t a ‘relationship,’" said attorney Jill Craft, who filed a lawsuit Thursday (Feb. 22) on behalf of the woman in a Baton Rouge state court.

The lawsuit accuses Schedler of propositioning the woman multiple times over the decade he has worked in the Secretary of State’s office. She describes in the court petition a "sexually hostile and abusive working environment." | The Times-Picayune does not typically name persons who identify themselves as victims of sexual abuse or harassment.

In a written response Thursday morning, Schedler said he had not yet seen the lawsuit but takes "any allegation of sexual harassment very seriously."

"…As the father of three grown daughters and three granddaughters I can assure the public that I believe […]

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