Former aide accuses NY legislator of trying to make him wear leprechaun costume

Former aide accuses NY legislator of trying to make him wear leprechaun costume

A former aide to a New York legislator filed a human rights complaint, saying his boss told him to wear a leprechaun costume, the Times Union reported Wednesday.

Kris Thompson, a longtime staff aide and former chief of staff, claimed that state Sen. Daphne Jordan (R) directed him to wear a leprechaun costume and pull a candy wagon for a local parade in March. Thompson reported in the complaint that he "refused."

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“I felt that my direct supervisor violated my basic human rights by directing me to wear clothes not befitting a 61-year-old grown man,” the Times Union reported that Thompson stated in the complaint. “Dressing me up as a leprechaun is wrong.”

The complaint includes a text from Jordan to another staff member, Laurie Huneau, that included pictures of leprechaun clothing.

"Wig and hat for Kris when he is pulling the candy wagon," the Times Union reported that the text message attributed Jordan stated. "Suit to go with it."

"I'm sure that's exactly what he was planning to wear," Huneau responded.

Thompson alleged that he was fired for not attending a campaign strategy event in July at the Halfmoon Diner. Several years ago, he said, diner employees "spoke badly" to him about a former Senate majority leader, calling him "corrupt," the Times Union reported. He vowed to "never step foot in there again." 

Thompson said in the complaint that he told Jordan why he didn't attend, and Jordan allegedly texted him, "Maybe you need to get over it."

The Division of Human Rights recently passed along the complaint to the state Senate majority leaders after it was filed on Aug. 20.

Jordan's spokesman Joshua Fitzpatrick told the Times Union that the "allegations are baseless and wholly without merit."

"And frankly, it’s very sad that a disgruntled and terminated employee would lie in such a manner," he said.

Thompson declined to comment to the Times Union.