Oregon Legislature to release sexual harassment records

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A leader in the Oregon Legislature says it will comply with a recent court order to turn over documents to the state’s labor commissioner, who is investigating sexual harassment at the Capitol.

House Speaker Tina Kotek made the statement Wednesday hours after an appeals court commissioner dismissed an appeal by legislative leaders of a lower court’s ruling that they comply with Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s bid to get the materials. Kotek said she hopes Avakian can protect the confidentiality of all the individuals who are identified in those records and who wish to remain anonymous.

Avakian last summer accused two fellow Democrats — Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney— of allowing a sexually hostile environment and of being slow to protect women from Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse, who resigned following allegations of harassment.