The House Ethics Committee released a report which details the sexual harassment allegations against Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings and stated that further investigation into his conduct is warranted.
The woman who filed the federal lawsuit over a year ago, Winsome Packer worked with Hastings at Helsinki Commission.
According to Packer’s allegations, Hastings gave her unwanted hugs and would make sexually suggestive comments. The report detailed several instances of unwanted sexual advances by Hastings leading up to an incident in Portugal where she said he began to “rant” about his interest in her, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Packer said that Representative Hastings told her she was not being a “sport” and that he had come to her as a “man to a woman” and was upset that she filed complaints against him. Packer also said that Hastings was drunk and tried to get her to go to his hotel room, when she said no her then asked for hotel room number which she refused.
Hasting has denied the allegations.
Sexual harassment attorneys know how detrimental this behavior is to the subject of harassment and will do everything in their power to put an end to it. Sexual harassment lawyers can intervene when the allegations are not addressed by superiors.
When a sexual harassment lawyer is retained, the victim can seek compensation from their employer and the harasser for their emotional suffering and lost wages if they have been fired.