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Attorney General Hill seeks dismissal of federal lawsuit against him

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him and the State last month.

The filing is accompanied by a brief that, Hill’s lawyers said, supports the motions.

Four women, including a Democratic state legislator, are accusing Hill of sexual misconduct, discrimination and retaliation. At the center of the suit is a 2018 end-of-session party at which State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and the other plaintiffs say an intoxicated Hill groped them.

Hill has denied the allegations and rebuffed calls for his resignation.

The motions for dismissal argue that the case should not move forward for reasons related to both jurisdiction and the notion that the State of Indiana is an employer of the plaintiffs. Hill’s attorneys argue the state does not act in that capacity.

The motions to dismiss claims that state law fails to qualify the women as employees because “with respect to Plaintiffs who are legislative employees and an elected official, Indiana law explicitly provides that they are excluded from the State Civil Service System.”

Part of the lawsuit relates to a federal Civil Rights code specific to employer-employee relationships.

The motions to dismiss follow.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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