Judge to Decide Who Can Be Named in Sexual Harrassment Suit Involving Arnold

Nov 18, 2013

Former state Rep. John Arnold of Union County
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

A Franklin Circuit Court Judge will decide which parties can be named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the state and a former Kentucky lawmaker.

Two women have filed suit against former Representative John Arnold, the Legislative Research Commission, and state government. The women claim Arnold sexually harassed them, and the LRC didn't properly address their complaints.

Previously, the civil trial was delayed, as the Attorney General said the LRC and the state are the same and can't both be sued. And there's a question over whether the women are non-partisan LRC employees since they serve the body’s partisan leadership.

Thomas Clay is lead counsel for the women. He thinks they’re technically employees of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who is also named in the complaint and has asked the court to be removed from the suit.

“I think they’re employed by the Speaker of the House, at least, for the House partisan staff. Because Mr. Sherman—again, we can’t go into the details—but, there was some positions he took which I think are inconsistent with maintaining that LRC is in fact their employer.”

The next hearing in the trial is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2. It's expected the parties being sued will be known after that.