January 7th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Oregon Labor Commissioner Files Harassment Complaint Against John Minnis

John Minnis

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner today initiated a complaint [PDF] with his own agency against John Minnis, who resigned under pressure from his job directing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in November after a female subordinate complained he sexually harassed her.

A subsequent criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice resulted in no charges being filed against Minnis (pictured above), a former state legislator who represented East Multnomah County.

Today's complaint comes from BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian, whose state agency is responsible for investigating work-place violations of civil rights and claims against employers for not paying wages or benefits.

“BOLI has reason to believe former DPSST Director John Minnis committed unlawful practices by sexually harassing a female employee,” Avakian said in a statement. “This investigation will allow us to ensure that persons in positions of power and prominence are held to the same standards of accountability that are applied to all others in this state.”

Michael Staropoli, Minnis's attorney, has previously said he will not discuss his client's case with WW.
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