In the lawsuit filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Communications Director Daisy Olivo claims she suffered workplace retribution after expressing concerns about Hoover’s relationship.
Hoover resigned his position last month, after the Courier-Journal reported he had exchanged inappropriate text messages to a female staffer, leading to a secret sexual harassment settlement that implicated three other Republican lawmakers.
The new lawsuit alleges the relationship went beyond text messages, and Hoover and the subordinate were engaged in a sexual relationship.
The lawsuit also alleges the settlement was paid for with private funds from “prominent campaign donors.
I’m Ryland Barton in Frankfort.