Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment and retaliation. Karla Hamner claims that Leopold made unwanted sexual advances toward her. According to the complaint, during Hamner’s initial job interview, Leopold told her, “If you were single, I’d ask you out, because you just seem like you’re a lot of fun.”
Kamner also alleges that Leopold created a hostile work environment where, according to the complaint, “virtually all of the women who worked in the county executive’s office were terrified and terrorized by Leopold.”
The complaint mentions one incident where Leopold “abruptly stopped, turned toward Hamner and grabbed her by both of her upper arms, twisted her around so that she faced him and yelled into her face, ‘I want you to turn and face me, like this. And get your hair out of your face!'”
Hamner alleged that she was transferred to another county department and ultimately fired after she complained to her immediate supervisor about the alleged harassment.
According to the Baltimore Sun, “This is not the first time the unmarried 67-year-old Leopold has been accused of inappropriate conduct. Last year, he was accused of sexually harassing a state employee at the county headquarters, and an anonymous 911 caller also reported possible sexual activity in what turned out to be Leopold’s government-issued car. He was not charged with a crime in either case.”