In retaliation lawsuit against state Sen. Tony Mendoza, whistleblower gets $310,000 settlement. Exposing Misconduct.

In retaliation lawsuit against state Sen. Tony Mendoza, whistleblower gets $310,000 settlement

February 6, 2020

LOS ANGELES — A former employee of the California Senate will receive $310,000 in a settlement of a lawsuit that claimed the legislative body and former state Sen. Tony Mendoza retaliated against her for reporting an allegation that Mendoza sexually harassed a co-worker, a newspaper reported Thursday.

The lawsuit brought two years ago by Adriana Ruelas, who was formerly Mendoza’s legislative director, was part of a series of complaints against Mendoza that led the Democrat from Artesia to resign in 2018 although he denied wrongdoing, the Los Angeles Times said.

The settlement was confirmed in a written statement by Secretary of the Senate Erika Contreras, who described it as an amicable resolution, the Times said.

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