Lawsuit accuses Rutherford of sexual harassment

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time.

 

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Chicago's federal court on behalf of Ed Michalowski. He was a lawyer and director in Rutherford's office.

 

The complaint alleges Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances toward Michalowski, among other things.

 

Rutherford has said there's "absolutely no truth" to the former employee's claims.

 

Rutherford held a news conference last month and publicized that an employee had "allegations of misconduct" against him. He then denied wrongdoing. He says an outside investigation that will clear his name.

 

Rutherford has accused a Republican gubernatorial rival of being behind the accusations in an attempt to undermine his campaign.

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