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Ohio House Aide Who Filed Harassment Complaint Against Fellow Staffer Loses Her Job

The complaint of inappropriate workplace behavior was filed just before the election of the new speaker is no longer employed there, and an investigation found no wrongdoing. But the Ohio House says the decision to let her go had nothing to do with her complaint.

Reducing administrative costs is the reason cited for eliminating seven legislative staffers who had served as floaters, including Marissa Reyes, who filed the complaint, which included claims against supporters of now-Speaker Larry Householder. Those “floaters” are not assigned to any one member on a permanent basis. The House projects it will save about $350,000 by eliminating the positions. The written statement issued by the House says the move was made to create more efficiency and further states anyone whose position was eliminated can apply for other positions that are available. The aide who filed the complaint could not be reached for comment.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.