A second state representative has been accused of inappropriate behavior by a Legislative Research Commission staffer who said she was transferred after confronting him about his conduct toward an intern and another LRC employee.
In a letter Wednesday to LRC general counsel Laura Hendrix, Louisville attorney Thomas Clay said his client, Nicole Cusic, was transferred to Senate Republican offices after she spoke to Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, about his conduct toward a legislative intern and another employee.
Cusic told The Courier-Journal Coursey tried to date interns and made an inappropriate comment about an LRC staffer, and when she confronted him about his behavior, she was transferred to the Senate.
In his letter, Clay said he plans to file a lawsuit on Cusic’s behalf against LRC, former LRC Director Robert Sherman and Coursey, who vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
Paducah attorney Mark Edwards, who is representing Coursey, told the newspaper he is “weighing his options” on a potential countersuit. Edwards said Cusic was transferred because she frequently missed work or was tardy, the newspaper reported.
Cusic said LRC directors informed her that House leadership had orchestrated her job transfer, which prompted Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, to call for an investigation into House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s and other House Democratic leaders’ actions in the matter, according to The Courier-Journal.
Coursey is the second legislator accused of inappropriate conduct and the first accused of retaliation. Three legislative staffers, two represented by Clay, have alleged former Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, sexually harassed them dating back to 2008.