Councilman Huizar facing sexual harassment complaint

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Los Angeles city councilman Jose Huizar, left, and Huizar’s former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, right. Photo courtesy LA Times.

Los Angeles city councilman Jose Huizar, left, and Huizar’s former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, right. Photo courtesy LA Times.

A woman who served as LA City Councilman José Huizar’s deputy chief of staff has filed a workplace discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the city and her former boss.

The complaint was filed in June but only made public yesterday in the Los Angeles Times.

Huizar’s spokesman Rick Coca sent us this response: “The Councilmember is surprised by the claim. He strongly and emphatically denies the assertions made in the claim sent to the City and intends to fully cooperate with the City in any investigation of this matter.”

Meanwhile Council President Herb Wesson is convening an independent panel to investigate complaints made by city employees against elected officials.

LA Times reporter David Zahniser joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis with the latest details.