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Huizar Accuser to Expand Lawsuit Against City

 A former aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar wants to expand her lawsuit, which alleges retaliation and sexual harassment.

Francine Godoy sued both Huizar and the city last Oct. 17. She is a former deputy chief of staff in Huizar’s 14th District council office.

On March 26, Godoy’s lawyers filed new court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey in which they seek to add a cause of action against the city for alleged failure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation.

Godoy’s lawyers allege several city employees were “knew about Huizar’s sexual harassment and retaliation against (Godoy),” but failed to take action to stop it as required by law.

Meanwhile, Huizar’s lawyer, Dennis Walsh, filed court papers Friday asking for an order preventing the contents of personnel files and medical records of his client and Godoy, as well as information on their sexual histories, from being made public.

A hearing on the Godoy and Huizar motions is scheduled for April 23.