HR Strange But True!
September 27, 2001
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It Takes One to Know One?

A Washington state official who handled sexual-harassment complaints has been fired for - you guessed it - harassing his secretary.

Chuck Wendt, who oversaw human resources in the Spokane office of the Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees 4,300 DSHS employees, has denied any misconduct and plans to fight the decision, the Associated Press reports.

Wendt's former secretary, Shelly Phillips, complained in December that Wendt had been harassing her since May 1998, when she was hired. She contends he propositioned her, asked about her sexual habits and fondled her. When she asked him to stop, Phillips said, Wendt criticized her work and told co-workers to avoid her.

Phillips already has accepted a $120,000 settlement from DSHS.

Wendt has admitted having a romantic relationship with Phillips but maintains the relationship ended before she came to work at DSHS, according to his attorney, Brian Ernst.

Source: The Associated Press

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