As is the case with any pending legal situation, the Congressman cannot comment on the specifics of the complaint, however, it goes without saying that both the Congressman and the members of his staff who are included in this complaint have a very different view of the allegations than Ms. Greene. For the record, the Office did not and does not discriminate based on sex or any other unlawful factor. The Congressman is eager to respond to Ms. Greene’s allegations through the appropriate legal process and is confident that once all of the facts are revealed, he will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
On one occasion, according to Greene’s lawsuit, “Farenthold told Greene that she had something on her skirt and that he hoped his comment wouldn’t be taken for sexual harassment. A reasonable person would infer that Farenthold was joking that she had semen on her skirt.”
The lawsuit, filed on Friday in Washington federal district court, alleges Farenthold and Bob Haueter, his chief of staff, created a hostile work environment, committed gender discrimination, and then retaliated against Greene for complaining about these issues—in violation of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Greene says she was fired this summer.
Farenthold rode the Tea Party wave into Congress in 2010, defeating 14-term Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz by 775 votes. His step-grandmother is feminist icon and Texas Democratic politician Sissy Farenthold.
The congressman, who holds a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law, in San Antonio, ran a computer consulting firm after several years as an attorney in private practice. In September, he introduced the You Own Devices Act, or YODA, which would make consumers the owners, rather than licensees, of their devices’ operating software.
On Monday, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill blog spotlighted Farenthold’s ownership of the website domain “ www.blow-me.org,” which he purchased in 1999. Farenthold did not use the name and does not intend to renew it, a spokesman for the congressman’s office told BuzzFeed News, which first reported the news on Dec. 12.
Greene’s LinkedIn profile says she started on Farenthold’s staff in February 2013 after spending more than three years working for Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla.
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