Woman Accusing Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson of Sexual Harassment Speaks Out

A Dallas County employee said Friday that she endured years of "coerced sexual abuse, harassment and intimidation" by Health Director Zachary Thompson but was terrified if she reported it she would lose her job. The woman, whose allegations led to the prominent leader's firing this month just before his planned retirement, said he pressured her into sex acts since 2013, according to her statement issued by her lawyer, Jennifer Spencer. "I said no and stop many times and cried during some of the coerced sex acts," said the woman, who has not been identified. "I became depressed and, on a few dark days, suicidal." She said when she rebuffed Thompson, he retaliated through taking disciplinary action against her. The woman said the county's human resources department "callously and ineptly mishandled" her grievances against Thompson. Thompson's lawyer, Anthony Lyons, did not immediately comment on the new detailed allegations. County Administrator Darryl Martin and County Judge Clay Jenkins did not immediately comment.  Continue reading...

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