Gunn said: “These women have shown great courage, and I respect their concerns for their privacy. We operated with the comfort level of the accusers in mind and moved at a pace they were comfortable with, and at the same time followed advice of counsel.”
Gunn said the House Ethics Committee handles issues about House member conduct. It can issue public or private reprimands and censure of a member, but can’t forcefully remove an elected lawmaker. Neither can Gunn as speaker.
Gunn said his office sought advice from Jackson labor and employment lawyer Timothy Lindsay, who has provided sexual harassment prevention training to House members and staff. House members at Gunn’s behest underwent the training last year, and Gunn said the training will be given again in the coming legislative session.