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Ohio House Leaders Defend Layoff Of Aide Who Complained About Workplace

Feb 4, 2019

A legislative aide in the Ohio House who filed a complaint of inappropriate workplace behavior just before the election of the new speaker has lost her job.

The investigation into that complaint found no wrongdoing. But the House says the decision to let her go had nothing to do with her complaint.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

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.