California Assembly Settles Unpaid Work Lawsuit for $110,000

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

The California Assembly has agreed to pay $110,000 to a former legislative staffer who alleged sexual harassment by a former lawmaker and working without pay.

The Sacramento Bee reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1MSXzJy ) that the settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed against former Assemblyman Steve Fox and the state Assembly.

Kristina Zahn says Fox forced her to work as his paralegal without pay after he hired her to work his district office. Her lawsuit also alleges the Palmdale Democrat made inappropriate sexual comments.

The Assembly would not immediately provide the settlement agreement to the AP.

Kahn’s attorney, Ben Davidson, says the Assembly agreed to pay $11,000 in back pay and $99,000 in other damages.

Fox did not immediately return a phone message left at his office. He lost re-election last year.