Lottery chief accused of harassment, retaliation

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- State officials are investigating claims that the director of the Oregon Lottery sexually harassed a female manager, then retaliated against her when she spurned his advances.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/pO5P2L) the allegations are outlined in a letter by the woman's attorney. The letter says lottery director Larry Niswender made unwanted advances toward the manager, then put her on administrative leave after she became romantically involved with another manager.

Both employees were reinstated to their jobs after two months, but were given disciplinary letters and a list of work expectations. An investigation funded by the lottery suggested Niswender's actions would not be considered sexual harassment or retaliation.

The lawyer said the two managers, Sarah Meyer and Martin Wooldridge, may file charges against the state. Lottery officials declined to comment.