Ex-Staffer Sues Sheila Jackson Lee After She Was Fired Over A Rape Claim

One of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s former staffers is suing her after she was fired over a rape claim. The staffer alleged that a staffer at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation raped her.

From the Washington Times:

A former congressional staffer filed a lawsuit last week saying she was raped by an employee at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and when she said she was taking legal action against the foundation, she was fired by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

The employee, who is suing as a Jane Doe plaintiff, is seeking at least $75,000 in damages for derailing her career and for emotional duress.

She says she was raped in 2015 by the coordinator of her intern program at the foundation, and says there was DNA, text messages and phone calls that proved the encounter happened.

When she decided to take legal action against the foundation in 2018, she told staffers for Ms. Jackson Lee, whose office she now worked in — and soon after she was fired for what the office said was “budgetary issues.”

She says, since the attack, she’s lost 50 pounds and has changed her appearance “to be less sexualized by men,” and refuses to be alone with men.

She’s had mental health treatments and, since her 2018 firing, she’s also lost wages and had her career derailed, she says in her lawsuit.

Here’s a link to the lawsuit.

This isn’t the first the CBCF has been in the new for misdeeds. In 2010, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson got into hot water for giving out CBC scholarships to her relatives.

The Congressional Black Caucus is a hotbed of political corruption, particularly among its Texas members. First Johnson and now Sheila Jackson Lee firing a staffer because she pressed charges against her rapist. One would think with these incidents that CBC members are more interested in helping themselves than helping their constituents.

 

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