Judge dismisses former GOP staffer’s whistleblower suit

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FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigns from his role as Speaker of the House in a floor speech during the General Assembly in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover says he won’t run for reelection in 2020, ending a long legislative career tarnished by his involvement in a secret sexual harassment settlement. Hoover stepped down as House speaker in early 2018 after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims with a woman who served as a Republican staffer. (AP Photo/Michael Reaves, File)

(AP)- A Kentucky judge has dismissed a whistleblower complaint from a former House Republican staffer.

The staffer, Daisy Olivo, had alleged she was retaliated against for shedding light on a sexual harassment settlement involving the former House speaker in 2017.  

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepherd ruled that there was no evidence that Olivo was fired because of her disclosure.

Olivo, the former communications director for the House Republican caucus, filed the whistleblower suit against the Legislative Research Commission. Shepherd said her termination appeared to be part of “routine staff turnover.”

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(This story was originally published on January 4, 2020)

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