Calista Corp. named in sex harassment lawsuit

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 11:49 AM
Calista Corp. named in sex harassment lawsuit

The woman who says the longtime president and CEO of Calista Corp. sexually harassed her has named the Native corporation as a co-defendant in her lawsuit.

Emily Davenport added the Anchorage-based corporation to her lawsuit this month, The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday. She's accusing Calista of wrongfully terminating her.

Davenport is the former president of a Calista subsidiary, Solstice Advertising. She filed the lawsuit against CEO Matthew Nicolai in August after she was told she would be demoted. She says Nicolai used his position to hurt her after they broke up.

Davenport was fired in September. The Calista board fired Nicolai in early October.

The lawsuit is set for trial next September in Anchorage.

In the filing, Davenport said the company fired her under false pretenses _ citing lackluster job performance. She also alleged that other members of Calista management were aware of Nicolai's special attention to her.

The company declined to comment on her filing, saying it is a company policy not to discuss lawsuits involving Calista.

The regional Native corporation for Western Alaska represents more than 13,000 shareholders who have roots in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com