A workplace sexual harassment complaint has been filed against a male Democratic state senator in Colorado, who frequently uses the women’s bathroom, contradicting his claim that he “accidentally” entered the ladies’ room once.
Compass Colorado, a conservative nonprofit group, filed a records request and obtained a recording between the state senate secretary and the Colorado State Patrol, which revealed that Sen. Daniel Kagan’s visits to the women’s bathroom made his female colleagues uncomfortable.
In March, Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik filed a workplace sexual harassment complaint against Kagan for using the ladies bathroom “multiple times,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
“I confronted him in the bathroom itself and said, ‘What are you doing in here?'” Martinez Humenik said. “Then, as we were walking out, I said, ‘It’s not OK for you to be here. I don’t want to see you here again.'”
Martinez Humenik said that two other female staffers had “similar experiences,” and Sen. Owen Hill said he saw Kagan in the ladies’ room in 2017 when he was taking his two young daughters to the facilities.
“My girls still come up here,” Hill said. “I will no longer let my girls use this bathroom because of this experience.”
Claiming that his accusers were attempting to “make something out of nothing,” Kagan denied using the ladies’ restroom more than once. Kagan also contended that addressing the issue was “beneath the dignity” of the state senate.
“I accidentally used the wrong one,” Kagan said. “It was embarrassing, and it’s the kind of embarrassing mistake you don’t make twice.”
The recording obtained by Compass Colorado contradict’s Kagan’s account.
“So here’s the problem I’m having and you can maybe help me figure out the best way to do this,” Effie Ameen, the nonpartisan state senate secretary told Heather White, the communication supervisor for the Colorado State Patrol in February.
“And, again, I don’t, I don’t know if this will prevent anything,” Ameen said. “But, we have a person who works here, a male, that has been frequently accessing the bathroom. And so … yeah, it’s so awkward.”
Ameen asked White if they could change the access code to the ladies’ room to prohibit Kagan’s visits.
“And so that’s why I wanted to change the code, because I know the code we have on there is sort of our generic one that we use like for everything so it’s not shocking that people would know it.”
“So what’s his name?” White asked.
“It’s one of my senators,” Ameen said. “It’s Senator … Senator Kagan.”
An email exchange between White and Ameen was also released by Compass Colorado. The exchange illustrates their attempts to prohibit Kagan from accessing the women’s bathroom, which could be entered by using a senate key card.
“I also removed the Senate Restroom door (#260) from the door group ‘Senate Offices and Restrooms Only,'” White said. “Effie [Ameen] advised this is a women’s restroom and Sen. Daniel Kagan has continued to use it even though he’s been advised this practice needs to stop.”
Compass Colorado confirmed that Kagan’s access to the ladies’ bathroom had been restricted.
“We confirmed with the Colorado State Patrol that Kagan was the only member that has had his access to the bathroom revoked,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. “The fact that Colorado State Patrol had to create a specific keycard category and change the door code to the bathroom because of Sen. Kagan certainly refutes his recollection that this was a one-time, embarrassing incident.”
The controversy regarding Kagan’s use of the women’s emerged after he delivered a controversial speech at the state capitol in March denouncing sexual harassment, in which he used explicit sexual terms.