Lou­i­si­ana pays to end ha­rass­ment suit

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BA­TON ROUGE — Lou­i­si­ana has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 to end a sex­ual mis­con­duct law­suit against a for­mer Repub­li­can sec­re­tary of state who re­signed in May, the state’s high­est pub­lic of­fi­cial felled by ac­cu­sa­tions dur­ing the #MeToo move­ment.

Tom Schedler, who was Lou­i­si­ana’s chief elec­tions of­fi­cial while he held the post, will per­son­ally pay his fe­male ex-worker $18,425 on top of the tax­payer-fi­nanced amount of $149,075 un­der set­tle­ment de­tails pro­vided by the state Di­vi­sion of Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The pay­ments re­solve le­gal claims that Schedler sex­u­ally ha­rassed the woman when she worked for him.

Schedler, a Repub­li­can in of­fice since 2010, left the elected po­si­tion five months ago. The sex­ual ha­rass­ment law­suit was filed in Fe­bru­ary, al­leg­ing Schedler ha­rassed the woman for years and pun­ished her when she re­buffed his re­peated ad­vances. Schedler’s spokesman said the pair had a con­sen­sual sex­ual re­la­tion­ship. The woman’s lawyer de­nied that.

A leg­isla­tive au­dit re­leased in April showed Lou­i­si­ana has spent more than $5 mil­lion on law­suits in­volv­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims since 2009.

AP/The Al­bany Times Union/JOHN CARL D’ANNIBALE

Mourn­ers en­ter St. Stanis­laus Ro­man Catholic Church in Am­s­ter­dam, N.Y., on Fri­day to at­tend vis­i­ta­tion for eight of the 20 vic­tims of last week’s limou­sine crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

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