Lawsuit Claims Sexual Harassment, Political Coercion Against Treasurer

A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Chicago's federal court on behalf of Ed Michalowski. He was a lawyer and director in Rutherford's office.

The complaint alleges Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances toward Michalowski, among other things.

Rutherford has accused Republican gubernatorial rival Bruce Rauner of being behind the accusations in an attempt to undermine his campaign, a claim Rauner denies.

Rutherford says his accuser has had financial problems over the last few years.

Michalowski and his wife are divorcing. Public records show they filed for bankruptcy in 2011, claiming assets of $295,000 and liabilities of $642,000. A judgment of foreclosure and sale was entered against Michalowski's Chicago condo in October.

Rutherford has said Michalowski and his attorney offered to "walk away and keep (the allegations) under wraps" in exchange for $300,000.

But Michalowski told The Associated Press he wasn't motivated by money. He says he has a new job and is "not in harm's way financially."

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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