Kathleen G. Kane, Attorney General to the state of Pennsylvania, is being accused of ignoring sexual harassment complaints from within her own department. Ms. Kane allegedly ignored several recommendations to fire her Chief of Staff, Jonathan Duecker, whom she had recently appointed to the position.
The Office of Professional Responsibility submitted a report to Ms. Kane, describing accusations against Mr. Duecker for two cases of sexual harassment. One case occurred at a non-work related event. Mr. Duecker allegedly harassed a female prosecutor who worked in the same office, while a group of office co-workers went out to a bar. He allegedly slid his hands under the co-worker’s shirt and attempted to put his hands under her skirt.
The second incident that was reported occurred at a house used by the Attorney General’s office for investigation. Mr. Duecker purportedly made unwelcome advances on the female agent. She went to a bedroom to sleep a few hours; a couple of hours later, the Chief of Staff entered the room but when questioned why he was there, he responded that he was going to leave.
As of now, the Attorney General said there are no plans to take action against Duecker or plans to change his status.