BOISE – A former employee at the Idaho State Controller’s Office says she was sexually and racially harassed by a supervisor and that State Controller Brandon Woolf allowed the harassment to continue.
In a seven-page tort claim filed Monday, the former employee says the agency’s former chief of staff, Dan Goicoechea, engaged in abusive language and violent acts in conversations involving her and other individuals.
According to the tort claim, the former employee was hired last year as Woolf’s deputy legal counsel and executive assistant but says she was never allowed to serve fully in that role because Goicoechea took over her duties.
“(The employee) was horrified to discover what many of her co-workers already knew, that Mr. Goicoechea often demeaned and degraded women and minorities,” wrote Lauren Scholnick, the Boise attorney representing the former employee, in the tort claim.
The tort claim is a precursor to a lawsuit. The state has 90 days to respond. Goicoechea did not respond to requests for comment.
The claim outlines a long list of racial and sexual allegations, including Goicoechea inside the office repeating gossip insinuating that state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, “with her crazy eyes, she should be in porn.”