Murphy Painter's history of harassment complaints
POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 4:37pm
The accusations of sexual harassment and stalking against former Commissioner of the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Control office, or ATC, are not new. NBC 33 uncovered a paper trail on Murphy Painter.
Here is the background:
Painter resigned this past Friday, August 13th with no explanation. Investigators with the Inspector General's Office searched Murphy Painter's office Tuesday. Investigators took items from Painter's former office and car that they say point to alleged stalking and sexual harassment.
Today, NBC 33 searched the Clerk of Courts records and found six civil cases dating back to 1997 against Painter and the ATC. Four of the lawsuits allege Painter used his position at the ATC to force unfair punishments on businesses. Two suits accuse the former Commissioner of sexual harassment and equal opportunity violations.
Those two cases were filed in 2008 and are still unsettled. The cases are related, involving a husband and wife employed at ATC. The wife's suit accuses Painter of unwelcomed sexual advances. The husband's suit alleges Painter threatened the couple, eventually forcing them both to leave their jobs at ATC.
Attached are documents related to all six civil cases filed against Painter as well as the search warrant issued in the current investigation.