Harassment suit may be settled soon

Tracy Deutmeyer

Two years after it was filed, both parties in a sexual harassment suit involving the university are close to a settlement.

Settlement plans are underway for an Ames resident and a former employee of Iowa State who filed sexual harassment charges against the university.

In May 1994, Jolene Hynes, 2300 Mortensen #2, filed the suit against the state of Iowa, ISU and the ISU Research Park, as well as nine other individuals.

Paul Tanaka of University Legal Services said Hynes also filed the suit against Martin Jischke, ISU president; Leonard Goldman, director of the ISU Research Park; Reid Crawford, former vice president of external affairs; Wayne Moore, secretary for ISU Research; Patricia Swan, vice provost of research administration; Warren Madden, vice president of business and finance; Edwin Lewis, associate provost; Wayne Richey, state Board of Regents executive director; and Frank Brown, former director of personnel in the office of the vice president for business and finance.

No court date has been set.

“The trial is indefinitely postponed at this time. Both parties are likely to reach a settlement soon,” said Bob Brammer of the Iowa attorney general’s office.

Hynes vs. Iowa State University, a civil lawsuit, was filed in the Polk County Courthouse. The Iowa attorney general is in charge of litigation for ISU.

Hynes formerly worked at the ISU Research Park. She now works for Ames Technologies Incorporated.

Hynes’ attorney, Linda Wickett, did not wish to comment. Further details about the case were unavailable.