The Latest: 14 sex harassment claims investigated since 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on allegations of sexual harassment in the California Legislature (all times local):
The California Legislature says it has investigated 14 complaints of sexual harassment dating back to 2012.
The numbers were provided Thursday in response to a records request by The Associated Press. Both chambers are not disclosing how many of those investigations resulted in disciplinary action.
The records show six of those investigations were in the Senate while eight were in the Assembly. Both chambers say those numbers include one investigation each this year. It’s unclear if the Senate tally includes the current investigation into Sen. Tony Mendoza.
The Los Angeles Times reports the total number of investigations since 2006 is 31.
A Los Angeles-area state senator is being investigated for allegations he engaged in inappropriate behavior toward a young female staffer.
A Senate spokesman says Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza has been the target of an internal investigation for six weeks. Allegations that Mendoza invited the female employee to his home in Sacramento were first reported by the Sacramento Bee Thursday.
Mendoza shares an apartment with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. A spokesman for de Leon says the leader was unaware of the alleged invitation.
The young woman, who was not identified, was working at the Capitol through a Senate fellows program run in partnership with California State University-Sacramento.
Spokesman Brian Blomster says the university is also investigating.
Mendoza says he would never knowingly abuse his authority.