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Lawmaker Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Lawmaker Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Schoen, 42, a single father-of-two, is accused of having made unwanted advances toward women and groping one woman from behind. The city said it wasn't aware of any allegations against Schoen in his role as an officer. "This behavior can not be tolerated in Minnesota's workplaces or in our communities".

MinnPost first reported the accusations, which ranged "persistent and unwanted invitations to meet" to "physically grabbing a woman from behind". She said she did not report the alleged behavior to House leaders because of fears she would be unable to do her job.

State Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, a Democrat who said she believes Maye Quade's and Port's allegations, suggested more stories of sexual harassment may come from the Minnesota Capitol.

On Wednesday Daudt, R-Zimmerman, told MPR News that he had not received a specific complaint of sexual harassment since he has been speaker, and he stood by that statement Thursday. "The DFL calls for Senator Schoen's immediate resignation".

The Ethics Committee could, by a majority, recommend expulsion to the full Senate. It was never my intention to leave the impression I was making an inappropriate advance on anyone. I feel awful that someone may have a different interpretation of an encounter, but that is the absolute truth. "Schoen doesn't resign", Gazelka said.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, Schoen's superior, called the allegations "sobering and disturbing" after speaking with him Wednesday. However, she said Cornish made other sexual propositions by text.

"I have discussed these allegations with my leadership team and we are united in our call for Sen. Dan Schoen to apologize, step aside, and seek care to address these actions", Bakk said in a statement.

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Port told MinnPost she met Schoen at a networking event for DFL candidates in August 2015, when she was running for a state House seat in the Burnsville area at the time. One from 2015 reads: "Would it scare you if I said that I was just interested in good times good wine good food and good sex?"

Like Port, Mayde Quade, too, reported Schoen's conduct to Rep Murphy, but decided not to pursue the matter further. "This abuse of power is harmful to women, to people, and contributes to a sick culture that we must change", she said.

In a statement, Schoen said, "I am hurt by these allegations and take them seriously". "He says, 'I have a giant erection, ' which was very clear he did".

Daudt said Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, did approach him during the session, but only with general concerns about working conditions in the House. I emphasized that such behavior must stop. He also said there should be "institutional changes" made to both protect the privacy and respect the wishes of victims while also ensuring "greater accountability for members of the Legislature" than is now in policy. "The legislature is definitely behind other places like business environments in terms of sexual harassment policies".

Frustrated Senate leaders learned Thursday evening that Schoen had retained an attorney to fight any actions his colleagues might take against him.

The allegations against the two Minnesota lawmakers come amid a tide of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful figures in politics, media and entertainment, including movie producer Harvey Weinstein. "It came to my attention today that I offended Rep. Maye Quade in one of the text messages", he said in a statement.

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