Former Sachs aide accused of running up credit card charges, sues claiming sexual harassment

Former state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach

Former state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach

An ex-aide to former state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, sued the Florida Senate this week, claiming he was subject to sexual harassment by her on the job.

Mathew Damsky, who resigned after acknowledging that he ran up more than $50,000 in charges on office credit cards, is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court.

Sachs has denied Damsky’s accusations. She earlier told the Palm Beach Post they were “ludicrous and scurrilous, groundless accusations.”

Sachs served four years in the House before elected to the Senate in 2010. She didn’t seek re-election this year.

Damsky filed a complaint in June with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that was later dismissed when the panel found no reasonable cause to pursue the action.

In his lawsuit, Damsky said that Sachs would undress in front of him in the office. He also was ordered to do grocery shopping, dog-walking and also traveled cross-country to assist Sachs’ family under fear that he would lose his job if he complained.

The state Senate is accused because it “knew or should have known of these actions and inactions,” the lawsuit states. Katie Betta, a state Senate spokeswoman, said Friday she had no comment on the lawsuit.

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