State police in Colorado was allegedly posted signage and changed the access code to a previously unmarked women’s restroom inside the country Capitol building in Denver, based on complaints that a male Democratic state senator have often been using the room, according to media reports.
The lawmaker in question, state Sen. Daniel Kagan, disputes the accusation, “says hes” use the women’s restroom merely one time, by mistake, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
But in March, state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik filed a workplace sexual harassment grievance against Kagan, contending he had employed the women’s restroom “multiple times.”
She claimed, in an interview with KUNC radio, she personally encountered Kagan in the restroom and asked “What are you doing in here ?, ” and asserts other women who work in the Capitol have had “similar experiences.”
Also last month, the country Senate posted signs indicating “men” and “women, ” outside its unmarked restrooms, Denver’s KUS-ATV reported.
A report in March by Colorado Public Radio said the allegations against Kagan are part of a broader conflict between the state’s Republicans and Democrat over sexual harassment issues.
The report mentions that Kagan was among a group of Democratic senators who called for the ouster of Republican country Sen. Randy Baumgardner, who had been accused of groping an aide in 2016.
“Many butt-slappers and thigh-strokers fancy that they are merely flirting and flattering, ” Kagan said before the Senate, in remarks that, Colorado Public Radio reported , irked some of Kagan’s Senate colleagues.
Baumgardner remains a senator, having survived an expulsion referendum earlier the coming week, but said in a letter that he agreed to take sensitivity training and resign as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, research reports said.
Meanwhile, the nonprofit organization Compass Colorado published excerpts of a recorded phone conversation between Colorado’s nonpartisan Senate secretary, Effie Ameen, and Heather White, communication superintendent for the Colorado State Patrol, in which Ameen requests that the access code to the restroom be changed.
Ameen: I wanted to change the code, because I know the code we have on there is sort of our generic one that we use like for everything so it’s not shocking that people would know it but ummm . . .
White: So what’s his name ?
Ameen: It’s one of my senators. It’s Senator … Senator Kagan .
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