Complainant Critical of Veterans Affairs Center



"If there wasn't wrongdoing, the V.A. wouldn't have settled," said Stephenson, who now works as a nurse clinical educator at the Canandaigua V.A.

V.A. spokesman Dan Ryan would not comment on the case other than to say, "V.A. personnel matters are confidential by regulation."

Stephenson said the harassment occurred in the summer of 2008, when she was Howard's staff assistant and after he learned that she wanted to apply for the educator position.

She alleged that he made inappropriate sexual comments, texted her a message that said their pending separation affected his sleep and that he called her late in the evening — but she did not answer the call.

Stephenson filed her complaint with the Department of Veterans Affairs and eventually with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"The payment is forthcoming," said Michael Tuohey, a local lawyer helping her with the case.


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