Former Wieckowski aide settles complaint for $350,000

The State Senate settled a lawsuit filed last year by a former legislative aide for East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski for $350,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit alleged the unnamed employee was fired in September 2017 after reporting being raped by an assembly employee.

The payout by the Legislature is one of the largest in recent history, and follows other notorious settlements in the capitol precipitated by the #MeToo movement.

The woman alleged that following the rape, which an investigation by the Legislature did not substantiate, was denied requests to take time off in addition to requests designed to avoid her crossing paths with the man during the workday.

Wieckowski or his office was not named in the lawsuit, but according to the Los Angeles Times, the woman said she believed her supervisors were aware of the emotional stress she was under following the incident. Wieckowski represents the 10th State Senate District, which covers areas from Castro Valley, Fremont, to San Jose.

Under terms of the settlement, the woman received $280,000 in lost wages, $50,000 to pay school loans, and $20,000 for treatment and career counseling, according to the Times. The plaintiff agreed to drop her claims against all parties involved.

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