OGDEN -- A federal sexual harassment lawsuit against a judge has been amended to add claims that Weber County retaliated against the woman filing the suit.
The harassment charges were originally filed in February of last year in U.S. District Court for Utah in Salt Lake City against the county and former Weber Justice Court Judge Craig Storey.
The suit accuses the judge of two years of unwanted sexual advances upon Marcia Eisenhour, his chief court administrator.
A key piece of evidence is an 11-page, single- spaced, mildly erotic love poem Storey wrote to Eisenhour.
Eisenhour and her lawyer angrily released the poem to the press in August 2010 after the state's Judicial Conduct Commission took no public action after meeting with Storey behind closed doors.
Ironically, it was the Weber County Attorney's Office that formally complained to the commission about Storey and must now defend itself against the lawsuit.
Nonetheless, officials have denied its allegations.
Because the judgeship is an elected position, the county still paid Storey's $90,000 salary through the end of 2010, the last year of his six-year term.
The lawsuit claims the sexual harassment also took the form of the judge rubbing up against Eisenhour on multiple occasions and once telling her he dreamed of her naked from the waist up washing dishes in the court breakroom.
In the papers filed last week, the suit now includes allegations of retaliation against Eisenhour for blowing the whistle on Storey. The suit stops short of saying county officials closed the Weber Justice Court to retaliate against Eisenhour.
But in what may be just a choice of words, the suit does call retaliation the elimination of her position as the court's chief administrator upon closing of the court last April.
The county closed the court and transferred its cases to Roy's court, citing economic reasons from a major loss of caseload to the Ogden Justice Court's opening in 2006.
The suit now accuses Storey of blaming Eisenhour for the court's closure and costing him and staff their jobs.
The suit is still pending before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson with no pending court dates.
The amended complaint also claims Storey was given the chance to buy out the remaining years of his pending retirement benefits although Eisenhour was not.
Officials did not provide Eisenhour a letter of recommendation for her new employer, the court documents say, despite years of excellent employee evaluations.
She also was not placed on a registry for new openings within the county as required by county policy, according to the new allegations.
County officials were not immediately available to comment on the new filings.