Former state employee loses sex harassment lawsuit in Nevada

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A jury found in favor of two state agencies
concerning sexual harassment allegations made by a former state
The jury cleared the Nevada Division of Child and Family
Services and the Department of Information Technology in a verdict
handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno.
In his lawsuit against the agencies, former employee Tom Loux
claimed that his boss had sexually harassed him on an ongoing basis
in 2000 and 2001.
Loux filed a formal sexual harassment complaint with the Nevada
Attorney General's Office in 2002, but the allegations were found
to be unsubstantiated after a state investigation. He then filed
the lawsuit.
"While we certainly take allegations of sexual harassment very
seriously at the attorney general's office, in this case we were
able to prove that the plaintiff's allegations were false," said
Deputy Attorney General Andrea Nichols, who represented the state
during the trial that began Tuesday.
"The attorney general's office not only has an obligation to
ensure public safety, but also to defend our agency clients,"
Nichols added.

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