A former employee is suing the office of Rep. Blake Farenthold for gender discrimination and creating a hostile work environment, alleging the Texas Republican sexually harassed and wrongfully fired her.
According to court documents filed Monday and first discovered by the National Law Journal, the congressman "regularly drank to excess" and admitted to another employee that he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about Lauren Greene, the plaintiff and former communications director.
Greene alleges in her suit that the congressman regularly made comments meant to "gauge whether Plaintiff was interested in a sexual relationship," and that when she complained to her chief of staff, Bob Haueter, he cut her out of key meetings.
Less than a month after she brought her concerns about Haueter to Farenthold, Greene was fired, she alleges.
"As is the case with any pending legal situation, the Congressman cannot comment on the specifics of the complaint, however, it goes without saying that both the Congressman and the members of his staff who are included in this complaint have a very different view of the allegations than Ms. Greene," said Farenthold spokesman Kurt Bardella. "For the record, the Office did not and does not discriminate based on sex or any other unlawful factor. The Congressman is eager to respond to Ms. Greene's allegations through the appropriate legal process and is confident that once all of the facts are revealed, he will be cleared of any wrongdoing."