Complaint alleges unwanted contact from Rep. Parish
A newspaper reports that outgoing Alaska state Rep. Justin Parish faced a sexual harassment complaint earlier this year and was ordered by the House speaker to take additional training.
The Juneau Empire reported that the February complaint outlined a year-and-a-half of unwanted public encounters between Parish and a woman who was not identified.
Parish did not return a phone message Wednesday to The Associated Press and an aide said he was unavailable.
Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is defending the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against state Rep. Justin Parish.
In a statement Wednesday, Edgmon said the Legislature's human resources manager received a complaint Jan. 30, from an unspecified local media outlet. The complaint included an allegation of off-site sexual harassment between Parish and an employee of the outlet.
Edgmon says the media outlet investigated the complaint with the Legislature's cooperation, and one of the outlet's attorneys proposed additional training. Edgmon says the attorney did not want further action taken. He says the matter was closed without a finding of harassment under the Legislature's policies.
Parish, a Juneau Democrat, said Tuesday he believed a former aide of his could do the job better and that he wouldn't seek re-election. He told the AP that no other factors contributed to that decision.
Two House Democrats, Zach Fansler and Dean Westlake, have resigned since December amid allegations of misconduct.
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