District Attorney James “Jay” Gaither has released the following statement in response to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Assistant District Attorney Whitney Nicole Shaffer:
“I have made a public statement regarding the true circumstances of my former employee’s departure from my office. At this time I believe it is incumbent upon her to address the issue of whether she had a sexual relationship with a married defense attorney who regularly appeared as opposing counsel in her Court. I believe she owes that to the voters of this district.
While I am human and I make mistakes, I own up to the mistakes I make. This is not one of those occasions. Her claim of sexual harassment is unfounded and false, which is why her EEOC complaint was dismissed.”
Gaither says Shaffer’s initial complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which was filed in October of last year, was thrown out and that Shaffer was not telling the truth in the complaint. Gaither reportedly lodged a complaint with the U.S. Attorney's office prior to the filing of Shaffer’s lawsuit.
Gaither has stated that Shaffer resigned after alleged inappropriate behavior on her part.