Pa. Atty. General Supports Chief of Staff Despite Harassment Charge

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane doesn’t intend to remove Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker from his post, despite allegations by Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Kluk accusing Duecker of sexually harassing her. Duecker, who had headed the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, was promoted to chief of staff in early May.

Kluk says Duecker ran his hand up the back of her shirt and touched her skin; she also alleges that he placed his hand on her thigh during a dinner with other narcotics bureau agents.

Kane’s communication adviser Chuck Ardo said Kane believes the claims are being made to undermine her, and he added that, after the incident, Duecker “went through his chain of command to request they look into it. The chain of command looked into it and felt no further action was warranted.”
Ardo added that it’s unclear whether an investigation was ever initiated under the attorney general’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the attorney general’s version of an internal affairs unit.

Sexual harassment isn’t just unpleasant – it’s illegal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has established these guidelines regarding sexual harassment in the workplace:

*    It’s against the law to harass someone because of his or her gender. You may not make sexual advances, request sexual favors and make offensive remarks about a person’s gender.

*    Victims and harassers may be of the same or opposite sex.

*    Although offhand comments are not prohibited, consistent or severe teasing is illegal when it creates a hostile work environment.

*    Workplace harassment regulations cover bosses, employees, coworkers and even customers.

The Joseph & Kirschenbaum, LLP team can help you understand your rights and options in a potential sexual harassment case. Call us today at 1 (212) 688-5640, or email us at info@jhllp.com, to schedule a free and totally confidential strategic consultation.