Archive for Friday, December 15, 2017

Female candidate quits Kansas congressional race over 2005 harassment lawsuit

December 15, 2017, 2:48 p.m. Updated December 15, 2017, 4:13 p.m.


— A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks.

Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post that she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed her former employee and then retaliated against him "a lie." The employee, Gary Funkhouser, filed the lawsuit against LabOne Inc., the Kansas City-area company where Ramsey worked as a vice president. The two parties agreed to dismiss the lawsuit after settlement talks.

Ramsey was seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, hoping to win the right to challenge four-term incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder next year. The district contains a mix of affluent, GOP-leaning suburbs and poorer, heavily Democratic city neighborhoods. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried it in last year's presidential election.

The Kansas City Star first reported about the lawsuit and said Ramsey dropped out after it asked her about the case.

Ramsey said "real change" has come in handling harassment complaints and timely and thorough investigations are "a very good thing." But, in her own case, she said, "These false allegations are disgraceful and demean the moment this country is in."

"On balance, it is far more important for me that women are stepping forward to tell their stories and confront their harassers than it is to continue our campaign," she said.

Funkhouser filed the federal lawsuit in October 2005, four months after he was fired as a human resources manager at LabOne. Ramsey, then known as Andrea Thomas, was the company's executive vice president for human resources, a position she left in April 2006 for another job.

Funkhouser said he rebuffed sexual advances from Ramsey and, after he did, she shunned him, moved his office, criticized his work and then fired him in June 2005. The company denied those allegations, and Ramsey was not named as a defendant.

In her Facebook post, Ramsey said she "eliminated an employee's position," calling Funkhouser "vindictive."

Court records show that Funkhouser and the company agreed that the case should be dismissed in July 2006 but provide no details. There was no answer at a home telephone listing for Funkhouser in the Kansas City area, and one of his lawyers declined to comment.

Ramsey, also an attorney, said because she was not a defendant in the case, she did not participate in its resolution and would have "fought to exonerate my name and my reputation."

She was among five Democratic candidates but the only woman actively campaigning. Online finance records show she raised almost $319,000 in contributions through September and loaned her campaign $125,000.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has not endorsed a candidate. But Ramsey said in her Facebook posting that the 2005 lawsuit was enough for the committee not to support her.

"We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process," Ramsey said.

In an email, Meredith Kelly, the DCCC's communications director, said members of Congress and candidates "must all be held to the highest standard."

"If anyone is guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault, that person should not hold public office," Kelly said.


Richard Heckler 4 months ago

Ramsey should take Funkhouser to court on defamation of character charges.

Tony Peterson 4 months ago

How is he defaming her character by filing a claim against someone who was sexually harassing him? I know Gary personally and he's worked in HR for 30 years so he knows what does and doesn't constitute sexual harassment.

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

If Republicans Love One Thing, It’s Attacking Women As Trumps hands go up skirts and into vaginal areas....... Trump should resign in disgrace.

War On Women IS Sexual Harassment

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  3. Intensifying Attacks on Choice
  4. Stopping the Violence Against Women Act
  5. Fighting Equal Pay Laws
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Bob Summers 4 months ago

It’s Attacking Women As Trumps hands go up skirts and into vaginal areas....

I have had several posts removed for saying less disgusting facts than your emotionally charged lies.

BUT, you're a congenital Liberal and what you say is gospel.

Gary Stussie 4 months ago

"Republicans Love One Thing, It’s Attacking Women"

So we must blankly accept the Progressive suggestion that anyone opposed to unfettered abortion is supporting a War-on-Women? . 1973 Row v Wade … 60 million abortions … female birth rate 48.1% … 28.68 million aborted females …. War on Women?

1973 Row v Wade … 60 million abortions … 37% African Americans … 22 million aborted blacks …. Racist?

Richard, reading the Huffington Post will rot your brain!

Cait McKnelly 4 months ago

In my opinion, what happened TO her is a case of sexual harassment.

Bob Summers 4 months ago

This is terrible. She had so much to offer because she is a female.

Paul Silkiner 4 months ago

Richard, to steal a line from the GROUND BREAKING original Saturday Night Live(70's).... JANE(Richard), you ignorant slut!

Steve Jacob 4 months ago

Facts are he did file a complaint against her AND there was an out of court settlement. Read her letter, this happened. The EEOC did clear her, and she was not named in the suit. But all the past settlements where people just settled without going to court are coming back to haunt everyone, probably a good thing. Don't settle if you did notthing wrong, even if it's the easy way out.

Harlan Hobbs 4 months ago

Bob, you are exactly right about the selective censorship of the LJW. Their bias is right up there with the majority of the liberal establishment.

Richard Aronoff 4 months ago

What Richard Heckler doesn't know, because the HuffPost probably didn't cover it, is Lisa Bloom, Gloria Allred's daughter, offered money to women to get them to make an allegation against Trump. In one case she actually got a Dem donor to pay off a woman's mortgage!

But now that we're here and the clock won't be turned back, I think it's time for some ground rules -- preferably in the form of criminal or civil code statutes.

For instance, if you feel you have been harassed you should be required to report that in a timely manner. I mean days -- not months or years. Sexual assault should be required to be reported to local law enforcement immediately. Let's do away with collegiate star chambers that deny due process to the accused.

And if you're a woman and a co-worker says something like, "That's a great outfit you've got on today" and that makes you uncomfortable, you don't need a meeting with human resources ---- you need therapy.

David Holroyd 4 months ago

Will she go to Wickenburg for therapy? That is a happen' place with Weinstein, Spacey, maybe Charlie Rose and now this woman gets to go...Anita's in Wickenburg does have a seating occupancy. Great Mexican food...

See the celebrities on Friday night....Ms Ramsey will enjoy the company of the rich and famous.

btw,,,heard that the Therapy Ranch is expanding. Could be an opportunity for Treanor and Compton and Fritzel...they have experience in business deals.

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