Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) resigned because the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Basis on Wednesday amid an ongoing lawsuit filed by one among her former staffers.
Jackson Lee, a 13-term congresswoman, has been accused of unlawfully firing the previous worker who introduced ahead claims of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred whereas she was working on the CBCF. The congresswoman has vehemently denied the accusation however selected to surrender her place on the muse’s board after different members gave her an ultimatum final week.
The New York Occasions first reported that Jackson Lee confronted stress to step apart after different members mentioned they may vote to take away her if she didn’t hand over the publish. Jackson Lee additionally quickly gave up the chairmanship of a Home Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism after dealing with related stress from different Home Democrats.
The lawmaker had initially refused to surrender her seats however modified her thoughts, in line with Politico.
The staffer, who isn’t named, filed the go well with final week and alleges she was unlawfully fired for pursuing authorized motion over a 2015 sexual assault. The girl, recognized solely as Jane Doe, accused a former worker of the CBCF of assaulting her when she was a 19-year-old intern.
Doe later acquired a job in Jackson Lee’s workplace in late 2017 and mentioned she was working in good standing till March of final yr when she shared her plans to sue the muse over the previous assault. Doe mentioned she was fired simply days later, however the lawmaker’s workplace linked the termination to “funds issues.”
The CBCF has mentioned it might cooperate with an investigation into Doe’s claims, saying it was “deeply involved in regards to the welfare of all our interns.”