Suit Filed By Ex-Staffer Slaims Cushingberry Created Hostile Work Environment –  Deadline Detroit

Councilman George Cushingberry

He’s no longer on Detroit City Council, but a former staffer says George Cushingberry subjected her to a “sexually hostile” work environment before he left office. 

Cushingberry came in third in last summer’s primary, failing to make it to the November ballot. He left council at the end of his term. But in 2016, a suit filed by Cleo Wiley states, he was gunning for sex with her during a trip to Florida with a mixed group of friends, according to the Detroit News.

Among the accusations in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Cleo Wiley alleges Cushingberry in 2016 asked her to “get a room with a hot tub” and commented that her weight gain “looks good on you.”

Late that year, Wiley asserts the councilman was among a group of friends planning to travel to Florida for the holidays. But one of the companions told her Cushingberry intended to seek sex, prompting Wiley to cancel going, according to the court documents.

The councilman retaliated by cutting her weekly work hours from 40 to 18, the suit claims.

Wiley is seeking at least $25,000, plus related costs and attorney fees. 


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