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Rep. Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment

State Representative Joe Souki is accused of sexual harassment.

A complaint was filed last fall with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission by the former head of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services.

Rachael Wong is declining to say any more about the allegations pending the investigation.

Souki’s lawyer says the allegations stems from something that happened three years ago and is a misunderstanding.

A statement from House Speaker Scott Saiki Thursday said:

“The House of Representatives takes matters of workplace harassment very seriously. In 2017, the House instituted a mandatory annual workplace harassment training for all House members and permanent employees (previously, the training had occurred every two years). At the training, employees are advised to report complaints to the House Chief Clerk.”

“It my understanding that the Ethics Commission is currently investigating this matter. We will await the Ethics Commission’s findings and recommendations before deciding any course of action.”

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