A look at the 2005 lawsuit behind Andrea Ramsey’s decision to drop out of congressional race

Ramsey

On Friday, Andrea Ramsey announced she was pulling out of the race for the Democratic nomination for Kevin Yoder’s seat in Congress. Ramsey’s decision to leave the race came after her campaign learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would not be supporting her bid because of a law suit filed in 2005 by a man who said Ramsey had sexually harassed him while he worked for the company LabOne.

In the statement announcing the end to her campaign Friday, Ramsey strongly denied the allegations in the suit, which was filed against the company and not Ramsey personally.

“Twelve years ago, I eliminated an employee’s position. That man decided to bring a lawsuit against the company (not against me),” she wrote. “He named me in the allegations, claiming I fired him because he refused to have sex with me. That is a lie. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated the allegations and decided not to pursue the complaint; the man later decided to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit. Because I wasn’t a named party, I didn’t have any opportunity to participate in its resolution.”

The suit was filed by a man named Gary Funkhouser in United States District Court in October 2005, before Ramsey had married her husband Will and when she was called Andrea Thomas. At the time, she served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for LabOne. Funkhouser was employeed by LabOne as a human resources manager.

In the suit, Funkhouser said Ramsey had “subjected plaintiff to unwelcome sexual advances as well as unwelcome, unwanted and offensive sexual comments and innuendoes during his employment,” and that Funkhouser had “rejected Thomas’s sexual advances and told her he was not interested in having a sexual relationship with her.”

Funkhouser claimed that after he rejected her advances, she “changed her demeanor toward plaintiff by shunning him, ignoring him, refusing to talk with him, and otherwise treating him in an unprofessional manner; moving him out of an office into a cubicle farther away from her office; criticizing his work performance; and ultimately terminating his performance on June 13, 2005.”

Prior to the filing of the law suit, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated the matter and said it could not determine whether any violations had occurred. Funkhouser has declined to discuss how the case was resolved.

The complaint filed in federal court is embedded below:

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