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BREAKING NEWS | Read full report on sexual harassment claims against Kitchen



Published: Fri, December 6, 2013 @ 9:26 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

An investigation found claims by Lyndsey Hughes, a city council employee, that DeMaine Kitchen, the mayor’s former chief of staff/secretary, sexually harassed her to be credible.

Download as PDF:
Kitchen sexual harassment report

Sexual Harassment Case #2013-0266 prepared for the City of Youngstown by Sample Security and Investigation Inc. regarding a complaint filed by Lyndsey Hughes against DeMaine Kitchen.

The report, released today, states Kitchen’s “verbal actions” had “no tangible detrimental” impact on Hughes’ job performance.

Hughes provided text messages from Kitchen to investigators.

They include: “I get that and it’s cool. I just don’t want u to treat me like a stalker or something :-). It’s urs if u ever want it tho,” and “Ur my girl and I’ve been attracted” to you.

Kitchen admitted to sending the text messages.

Kitchen told investigators that he and Hughes “both said things that were inappropriate or at least playfully inappropriate” and admitted he flirted with her, but never “to the point that they were threatening or serious.”

Hughes’ attorneys already have filed a charge with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeking a “right-to-sue” letter that would permit them to take the city to federal court on the harassment complaint.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


Comments

1kurtw(848 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

S--t! It sounds like what Kitchen said is no different than the kind of flirtatious banter that men have been directing at attractive (I assume she's attractive- ugly women are usually, thank God, spared that kind of disgusting behavior on the part of men) women since time began. The only difference- unless they were dumb enough to send letters- it was all verbal in those days and couldn't later be proved- now, we have the Internet and Text Messaging and horny idiots like Demaine (Anthony Weiner, too) are snagged into creating a record later used against them.

Another case of the "little head doing the thinking for the big head". Demaine you're a Moron- but I know where you're coming from.

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2kurtw(848 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Sometimes, when I read stories like this, I think we haven't moved very far from Puritan New England Days. In fact that mode of thinking is latent in the American Psyche and we're always ready to revert back to it.

The re-emergence of the Puritan Mentality, where sexual relations are concerned, the last 3 or 4 decades is directly connected with the triumph of the Feminist Movement- except there's been a Gender Reversal: in Puritan New England the Men hunted Witches- now the Witches are Hunting Men!

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3johnyoung(241 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Whatever the city paid for this piece of garbage is way more than it is worth. It sounds like it was written by a third grader and would therefore hold very little credibility when examined and scrutinized as evidence in subsequent legal proceedings. The narrative switches tense continuously, and it is impossible to determine if the writer is paraphrasing a conversation or attempting to quote the interviewees.

From a technical perspective, it is an empty and subjectively prepared document that does not draw sound conclusions which can be directly supported by specific provisions of the city's sexual harassment policy, or by the evidence gathered through the investigation.

Law Director Farris should be ashamed of himself for allowing such a poorly prepared work product to be publicly issued. Did he not have the opportunity to review a preliminary draft prior to finalization?

One must bear in mind that the city's purpose in bringing forth this investigation and the written document was hopefully to forestall subsequent legal action by the aggrieved parties. In such an attempt, it fails miserably and actually puts the city in a more tenuous position with respect to future civil liability.

Once again, our tax dollars at work courtesy on Youngstown's best and brightest. See you in Federal Court, as Ms. Hughes and her attorneys pick up a nice payday at the expense of the "gang that couldn't shoot straight".

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4richardlewis973(81 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I couldn't finish reading the report of this bango bongo. Hopefully the new mayor cleans house. Also counsel woman Annie Gillam is such a racist and needs to be removed. Her actions set the city back 40 years

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5papa1(662 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

he said he resigned because he lost the election and needed a career change. how about becoming a pimp??

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6123goz(580 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Page 7......"he would be flirty with me! Tell her I look pretty all the time"
WTH does that mean? taken as written, it sounds like he flirted with her and wanted her to pass a note to another girl, that he looks pretty. You can't go 3 lines without confusion. The complete report is written like that and impossible to follow. He should give the money back, and see if there is an opening in a GED English class.

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7JoeFromHubbard(1039 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This whole thing doesn't surprise me one bit.

In today's sensitive, touchy, feely society where everyone is so thin skinned, one must weigh all words carefully lest they "offend" somebody.

It is only getting worse as time passes.

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8Ianacek(909 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Not the most skilfully piece of analysis I've ever read . It's more like a policeman's notebook that he might refer to in Court when giving evidence . However , this was always going to be a "political" enquiry by nature of the parties involved and the timing .

However , one thing that struck me was the revelation that Hughes had parking fees of $1290 outstanding since 2007 , which she hadn't paid despite agreeing to do so when challenged . Kitchen had substantial property tax delinquencies . Perhaps there needs to be a report prepared on sums owed by City & County officers to the City & County .

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9JS(652 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

R U serious? Yes indeed, DeMaine is Saturday Night Live material. Starting a downtown nightclub under the heading of "SCORE would be a good place to launch his new career. Now to find some grant money and get the ball rolling.

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