The response contends that Greene was “terminated for poor performance and failure to report to work and appear for multiple media events…” and not for any other reason.
Greene alleged she felt uncomfortable working in the office. She cited as examples staffers who talked about the congressman’s attraction to redheads and the congressman’s own shared story about a lobbyist who offered to have a threesome with him. Greene also claimed a fellow office colleague told her that the congressman had admitted to having “wet dreams” and “sexual fantasies” about Greene.
In the response, the office acknowledged that “some staff occasionally joked that Rep. Farenthold finds redheads attractive, but denies the allegation’s implication that this was a source for, or cause of, concern for any staffer.” It also confirms that Farenthold told the story about the threesome, but denies it was about a lobbyist or that “he told his staff about the proposition for an improper or lascivious purpose.”
Farenthold’s office also denies “that Rep. Farenthold was attracted to Plaintiff, that he had sexual fantasies about Plaintiff, or that he had wet dreams about Plaintiff.”
Greene sought a trial by jury and damages for lost pay and emotional distress. Farenthold’s office said in its response that she is not entitled to reward, and that she does not have enough evidence to prove she was fired as “harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.”
Greene’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.