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Collin County District Attorney accused of sexual harassment

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Lindsey Wiley
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Texas A&M University-Commerce

The lawsuit also claims the county judge and commissioners knew about the harassment, but refused to act.

  • The Collin County DA and first assistant district attorney are accused of sexual harassment and employee discrimination in a lawsuit. It also says the county commissioners' court knew about it. KERA's Caroline Love has more.

The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District court of Texas on Monday. It claims Collin County DA Greg Willis treats many female employees as sexual objects. It also accuses first assistant district attorney Bill Wirskye of running his office as a misogynistic fraternity. Both have denied the allegations in statements.

The lawsuit also names the county judge and commissioners as defendants. It alleges they knew about the misconduct in the DA's office for years but refused to take action.

Willis spoke to the commissioners' court in July about having difficulty hiring entry-level prosecutors. He attributed that to a lower starting salary compared to other counties. I'm Caroline Love.

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