COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — In what can be construed as a case of questionable timing, Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann led a group of attorneys general from 18 other states and Puerto Rico in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that employers can not retaliate against employees involved in an employer’s investigation of sexual harassment.
The timing of last week’s request is somewhat coincidental in light of the current sexual harassment scandal swirling around Dann and members of his senior staff. Within the last two weeks, Dann has placed two senior staffers, both longtime friends of his, on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the allegations of two female employees in his office.
The group of attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiff in a sexual harassment case currently pending with the High Court. In that case, Crawford vs. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Count, Tennessee School District, the plaintiff is alleging she was fired in retaliation for participating in an employer’s internal investigation of discrimination.
Dann spokesman Chris Geidner did not return phone calls seeking comment on the timing of the filing.