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Sexual harassment lawsuit involving state representative settled for $400,000, attorney says

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A recently settled sexual harassment lawsuit, involving a state legislator and workers at Kentucky's capitol, will pay $400,000, according to attorney Thomas Clay. 

Three capitol employees filed a lawsuit in 2013 claiming former state representative John Arnold groped and verbally abused them over a period of years, and the Legislative Research Commission did nothing to protect them. 

The settlement was reached last month and their attorney says the state will pay the women $400,000.

"These women endured a lot and to say that's enough to compensate them for all they endured, I hesitate to do that," Clay said. "I'm sure that they would have wanted more, but 400,000 is a substantial amount of money."

Clay says he has not yet received the final paperwork, and does not know how the money will be split.

Arnold denied the charges but resigned his seat. He is appealing a conviction on ethics violations.

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