John Minnis, the former director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, may be headed for more trouble.
Dana Sullivan, attorney for a former female Minnis subordinate at DPSST, today filed a tort claim notice with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. The notice tells the agency that the woman intends to sue the state and Minnis for the "ongoing pattern of sexual harrassment." (WW
is not identifying the woman because she is claiming to be the victim of a sexual crime.)
"Mr. Minnis' actions give rise to numerous claims against the state and Minnis, both individually and in his official capacity, including but not limited to the following: Sex discrimination in violation of 42 U.S.C. & amp; 1983, Title VII, ORS 659A.030 (1)(a) and (g), assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress," Sullivan wrote in a Feb. 12 letter.
After Gov. Ted Kulongoski told Minnis in November to resign, Oregon's Department of Justice conducted a criminal investigation
of Minnis in December. The investigation found no basis for filing charges. In an interview with DOJ, however, Minnis realized he was in trouble with his spouse, former Speaker of the Oregon House Karen Minnis (R-Wood Village). "My wife's gonna freakin' shoot me," he told the investigator.
Earlier this week, Sullivan filed a legal analysis of the issue with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is separately conducting an investigation of Minnis' actions (that letter is included in the link above).
Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Justice, which represents the state in legal proceedings, says he has not yet seen the tort claim notice "but in any case, I would not be able to comment on pending litigation."
Michael Staropoli, Minnis' attorney, has said he will not talk to WW
about the case.