A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court on behalf of Edmund Michalowski. He was a lawyer and director in Rutherford's office. The complaint alleges Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances toward Michalowski by grabbing his genitals and telling him on another occasion that he would give him anything in the office if he went home with Rutherford. Rutherford has said there's "absolutely no truth" to the former employee's claims. Rutherford says Michalowski's own travel vouchers show discrepancies with the lawsuit allegations. Rutherford also claims Michalowski's record of text messages with a co-worker were taken out of context. Rutherford says an outside investigation will clear his name. Rutherford has accused a Republican gubernatorial rival of being behind the accusations in an attempt to undermine his campaign. But, Michalowski has ties to the Democratic party and once ran for Cook County Circuit judge. He is now an employee of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
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