December 15, Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in Ramsey, a year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep.
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Ramsey repeatedly said that she was not aware of any settlement in the case, but said that if she had been a party to the case she would have opposed settling. The lawsuit has been circulating in Kansas political circles as the first-time candidate runs for Congress amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have rocked the political, entertainment and journalism industries.
The allegations against Ramsey were outlined in a lawsuit filed by Funkhouser against LabOne and in a complaint to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Reached by phone, Funkhouser would not discuss the case. In late March , Ramsey made sexual advances toward him on a business trip, Funkhouser alleged in the complaint. The document did not certify that LabOne was in compliance with employment law, however, and informed Funkhouser that he had a right to sue the company.
Funkhouser then sued LabOne in federal court. The lawsuit was still pending in April when Ramsey retired from LabOne. At the time, LabOne was being acquired by Quest Diagnostics, a company Ramsey had worked for until She told the Star she had no interest in working for such a large company again, and she wanted to spend more time with her children, who were 8 and 10 at the time.
In July , LabOne and Funkhouser agreed to dismiss the case without the possibility of bringing it again. Quest Diagnostics declined to comment on behalf of LabOne, saying its policy is not to comment on litigation.