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Lawsuit Alleges Sheila Jackson Lee Unfairly Fired Staffer After Rape Claim

An unidentified woman said she was raped by the CBCF intern coordinator in 2015 and fired in 2018 when she said she wanted to press charges.

By NTK Staff | 01.17.2019 @1:30pm
Lawsuit Alleges Sheila Jackson Lee Unfairly Fired Staffer After Rape Claim

A woman identified only as Jane Doe in court filings claims she was fired from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) congressional office after she told Jackson Lee’s chief of staff she intended to pursue legal action against the then-intern coordinator of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) for rape. Jane Doe and the man she accuses of rape, Damien Jones, both worked for the CBCF in 2015 when the incident allegedly occurred.

Jackson Lee’s chief of staff, Glenn Rushing, denied any wrongdoing when asked by BuzzFeed News.

“We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated,” Rushing reportedly said.

According to Jane Doe, who was then an intern for the CBCF, she and Jones went to dinner in October of 2015. After the two consumed “a large quantity of drinks,” they went to Jones’ house, where she says they engaged in sexual acts without her consent.

Jones did not return requests for comment, according to BuzzFeed.

Jane Doe did report the incident to authorities at the time but decided against pressing charges. That changed in 2018 when Jane Doe, now working for Jackson Lee, told Rushing she did intend to pursue legal action. Jane Doe sought a meeting with Jackson Lee, the chair of the CBCF, but a meeting never took place.

Instead, Jane Doe was fired a few weeks later. Jackson Lee’s office said the decision was due to budgetary restrictions, but Jane Doe’s lawsuit alleges she was fired for vocalizing her decision to pursue a lawsuit against Jones and the CBCF.

Jane Doe alleges that the budget-related explanation was a pretext and that Jackson Lee retaliated against her for planning to take action against the CBCF related to the alleged rape.

The lawsuit includes claims against both Jackson Lee individually as well as against the CBCF.

The lawsuit was filed on January 11 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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