Connect with us
Sen. Jack Latvala , R-Clearwater, watches debate on the medical marijuana implementation bill on the floor of the Senate Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Phil Sears)

Influence

Settlement reached in Jack Latvala sexual harassment case

The Florida Senate has reached a settlement with a legislative aide who filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging she had been subject to discrimination and retaliation.

That’s according to Senate attorneys in a federal court document filed this week.

Perrin Rogers

The document did not provide details of the settlement with legislative aide Rachel Perrin Rogers, and a Senate spokeswoman said a federal judge’s order bars the Senate from commenting or releasing documents until the EEOC case and a related lawsuit are formally resolved.

Perrin Rogers filed the discrimination complaint in January with the EEOC after a highly publicized series of events that led to the resignation of powerful Republican Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

Perrin Rogers alleged last year that Latvala had harassed her, triggering the Senate to appoint a special master to investigate the accusations.

FMA_stpeter_blog_305ad728x90

The special master, former state appellate Judge Ronald Swanson, found probable cause to support Perrin Rogers’ allegations — though Latvala has denied them.

Perrin Rogers subsequently filed the EEOC complaint against the Senate, alleging in part that she faced retaliation.

The Senate filed a federal lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction to block an administrative law judge from requiring the Senate’s participation in the EEOC case.

Senate attorneys filed the document in the federal lawsuit to advise Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the settlement.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Dan McAuliffe, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.