A former aide to Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas filed a civil suit against the lawmaker and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), alleging she was fired for threatening legal action against the Foundation relating to a sexual assault.
From Daily Caller:
The complaint alleges Jackson Lee and the CBCF intentionally inflicted emotional distress, unlawfully interfered with contract, and violated the Congressional Accountability Act and Washington, D.C.’s human rights statute. It is the second time in recent years a former employee sued the congresswoman for her infamous employment practices.
The lawsuit was filed Jan. 11 in Washington’s federal trial court and names both Jackson Lee’s office and the Foundation as defendants. The plaintiff, referred to in court filings as “Jane Doe,” is seeking damages.
Neither Jackson Lee nor the CBCF responded to requests for comment.
The plaintiff was allegedly assaulted Oct. 24, 2015 when she was a student at Howard University and an intern with the CBCF. By Doe’s telling of events, an intern coordinator named Damien Jones plied her with alcohol over dinner in a Washington-area Mexican restaurant before leading her back to his apartment, where he continually accosted the plaintiff with alcohol and marijuana.
Text messages indicate Doe solicited help from friends, but was too intoxicated to confirm her location.
Doe claims Jones digitally penetrated her and forced her to perform oral sex during their encounter. She says she awoke the following morning naked, with Jones straddling her body.