Congressman Alexander took issue with Scott’s allegations that he took no action concerning her complaints about being sexually harassed and being paid less than male employees in his congressional office.
“This is flatly false,” Congressman Alexander said.
“Ms. Scott was around me numerous times every day and never met with me or told me anything of the sort. In fact, the first time I learned of Ms. Scott's allegations is when she sent me an e-mail on a Saturday -- the day after her meeting with my chief of staff in which he informed Ms. Scott of my decision to remove her from the scheduler position due to her performance deficiencies. The next communication I received regarding Ms. Scott was two days later, on the following Monday, when her lawyer contacted my office," Congressman Alexander said.
Congressman Alexander said an independent investigation was conducted by a law firm in Washington, D.C., which concluded her allegations did not have any merit.
“This whole matter centers on the fact that Ms. Scott does not want to face her shortcomings as a scheduler,” Congressman Alexander said.
“The scheduler position is an extremely demanding and detail-oriented position in a congressional office and some individuals simply cannot keep up with the pace. Ms. Scott is one of those individuals.
“Rather than accept her shortcomings as a scheduler, accept that the independent investigation found no basis for her claims of sexual harassment and accept a new position, Ms. Scott decided to abandon her job and pursue a lawsuit," Congressman Alexander said. The Ouchita Citizen
Alexander spokesman Adam Terry called the lawsuit “frivolous,” contending it was filed Sept. 27, one day after Scott was demoted for what the office called a poor job-performance evaluation.
believe the facts will show there is no basis for this lawsuit,” Terry
reported in a statement. “We look forward to proving this in a court of
Rodney Alexander said he was never told of any abusive conditions and
that Scott was demoted because she couldn’t handle the scheduling
Alexander said Scott didn’t express concerns to
him about Royal Alexander’s behavior until after she was told that she
would be demoted from scheduler to staff assistant.
“Ms. Scott was around me numerous times every day and never met with me or told me anything of the sort,” Alexander said in a written statement. “In fact, the first time I learned of Ms. Scott’s allegations is when she sent me an e-mail” the day after she was told she would be demoted.
“The next communication I received regarding Ms. Scott was … when her lawyer contacted my office,” Alexander said. “The whole matter centers on the fact that Ms. Scott does not want to face her shortcomings as a scheduler.” The News Star