Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claim filed against him by a former employee in his office is not true. Warren represents Council District 2. (OBSERVER photo by Larry Dalton)
Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claim filed against him by a former employee in his office is not true. Warren represents Council District 2.
(OBSERVER photo by Larry Dalton)

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claims filed against him by a former female outreach coordinator who worked in his office are categorically “false,” he told The OBSERVER.

Warren, who represents District 2, also said he will not continue to comment on the issue until the city completes its investigation of the matter. The claim by the former employee was filed on July 31 in the City Clerk’s office.

“The allegations are false,” Warren said during a telephone interview after the claim was made publicly. “An investigation is currently taking place by the City and I will respect that process. I will comment further after the investigation ends,” he added.

The woman, who filed the claim with the City, stated that Warren “repeatedly coerce her into submission to his repeated sexual requests.” The woman said she was fired when she refused to continue the demands of “sexual favors,” the claim states.

The claimant alleges that from Aug. 26, 2013, through or around June 8, 2015, Warren, also the Vice Mayor, “used his supervisory authority” to get the woman to submit to the councilman’s demands. The claim declares that the “acts of sexual harassment constituted a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment,” which created a hostile work environment.

The claim also revealed that the 45-year-old claimant accompanied Warren on “sexual escapades” to places such as Atlanta, Jamaica, Reno, and Oroville. In Oroville, the claimant alleges that she and Warren stopped at a cabin where he “displayed shotguns” while she “watched fearfully,” the claim discloses.

A series of events took place after the claimant allegedly told Warren on or about the night of May 15, 2015, in a text message that she would no longer submit to his sexual advances. The woman was “separated” by the City from her position in Warren’s office on or about June 23, the claim states.

The claimant also alleged that the City threatened to terminate her by July 14 if she did not agree to resign. The claim says the City “offered” the woman $16,000, if she provided Sacramento and “its agents full release.”

The woman said she sent the City a sexual harassment complaint on or about July 10, but the city “failed to respond” and allegedly “already terminated her” as of June 10, 2015, the claim divulges. The claimant said she is suffering “severe and extended physical, mental, and emotional distress,” the claim states.

Since the allegations surfaced publicly this week, Councilman Warren is still performing his “duties for District 2,” he said. The CEO and founder of New Faze Development participated in the National Night Out celebration this week and visited several different areas in his district. He also attended the City Council meeting that was moved to Thursday because of the National Night Out event two nights before.

Warren said his wife, Dr. Gina Warren, children, extended family and friends, have been supportive during what appears to be a difficult period during the businessman/politician’s career. Warren was sworn into office on Dec. 11, 2012, after he won in the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election.

“Obviously, this is all unexpected,” Warren told The OBSERVER by telephone. “But my family is doing fine. We’re alright.”

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By Antonio R. Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer