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

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


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


1Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

"It’s urs if u ever want it tho,”

Hmm.....was "it" defined?

How does Mrs. Kitchen feel about this?

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2kurtw(1759 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months 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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3kurtw(1759 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months 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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4papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

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

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5JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months 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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6Aware(255 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

He is a slime. I was sickened when I read the reports. You cannot make this stuff up.

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