Lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment by former lawmaker headed for mediation


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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — A sexual harassment lawsuit involving a former lawmaker is headed to mediation.

The Courier-Journal ( reports attorneys for all sides have agreed to mediation in an effort to resolve the case.

The lawsuit was filed by former state worker Yolanda Costner and current state employee Cassaundra Cooper, who at one time both worked for the Democratic House leadership. They say former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold sexually harassed them multiple times over several years and that the Legislative Research Commission worked to cover it up. Arnold has denied the allegations.

Attorneys for the women and the LRC, who is named as a defendant, say a closed mediation session has been set for May 26. Lexington attorney Steve Barker was appointed as mediator.

"We're optimistic it's going to succeed and we're looking forward to getting together with all of the parties to resolve our differences," said Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who represents the legislative staffers.

LRC attorney Leslie Vose said, "It's very encouraging that all of the parties are willing to sit down and talk about this matter with the help of a very good mediator."

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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