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Maria Sachs accuser seeks to drop harassment case

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An ex-aide to former state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs has asked a federal court to drop his sexual harassment case against the Florida Senate. Matthew Damsky’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss Tuesday, asking that each side pay for its own attorneys’ fees and costs. The Senate was named as the defendant because it was Damsky’s official employer. The Senate’s outside counsel, Lisa Fountain of the Sniffen & Spellman firm, told attorney Marie Mattox that the chamber would “consent” to…

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Senate demands information in harassment lawsuit against Maria Sachs

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A federal judge has given an ex-aide to former state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs till next Tuesday to explain why he shouldn’t provide information in his still-pending sexual harassment case. Matthew Damsky, then 28, had sued the Florida Senate in Leon County Circuit Civil court last year on gender discrimination and retaliation charges. The 68-year-old Sachs, first elected to the Senate in 2010, declined to run for re-election last year.

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USF’s Herb Maschner loses title, but not money

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For an academic who can’t keep his hands off the co-eds, friends with funds sure do come in handy. That’s the takeaway from the tawdry tale of the University of South Florida’s Herb Maschner. The aptly named anthropologist left his longtime professional home at Idaho State University for USF, bringing with him a long-standing relationship with the well-endowed Hitz Foundation. Dazzled USF administrators didn’t ask about skeletons in the closet, and Maschner didn’t disclose that he was on the wrong end…

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USF department dean sues former employee for defamation

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A tiff between USF’s head of the USF College of the Arts and a former assistant music professor continues to get heated. James Moy, the department’s dean, is suing former employee Jill Brasky for defamation of character. In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court November 17, Moy sites information in a federal lawsuit he says show she began slandering his character as early as January 4 of last year. That date is just two days after Moy recommended denying…

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USF may be in hot water over sex discrimination and harassment suit

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A former University of South Florida professor is suing the school for sexual discrimination and harassment after years of complaints. Jill Brasky was an assistant professor of music theory at USF Tampa from 2007 until this month. She was denied a tenure application and her employment subsequently terminated in 2014. The school claims her application for tenure was denied based on insufficient original research as required by the school for such a promotion. But Brasky claims the director of the…

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Lawyer sues over accusations that he’s a creep

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A California woman took to PissedConsumer.com to complain about her experience with Belleair Bluffs attorney Brian Mahany. Now she’s not the only one who is pissed. Mahany saw the post and is now suing its author for libel and defamation of character. He seeks to have the post removed and all links to it through search engines deleted. A link to the complaint is seventh on a Google search of Mahany’s name. In the unknown woman’s complaint, she alleges she…

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Tampa’s MaintainX faces seventh sex-related lawsuit

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A former employee of an embattled maintenance company is suing it for sexual harassment and negligence. Michelle Bogan alleges the company MaintainX failed to adequately investigate sexual harassment allegations against her boss, James Perano. In her suit, Bogan complains Perano, who served as an HVAC area manager for the company, repeatedly propositioned her for various sexual acts including attending swingers clubs and touching her inappropriately on the breasts and buttocks. When she mentioned the behavior, Bogan was reportedly told she…

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