A former worker for Jody Wade, the City of Wichita Falls contracted wrecker service provider, has sued the businessman on allegations of sexual harassment. The suit was filed in 78th District Court in Wichita County.
Clayton Baxter, who says he was employed by Jody Wade Enterprises from October 2016 until February 2017 as marketing manager, claims in the suit that Wade “sexually harassed and preyed” upon him and ultimately fired him because he refused to participate in a sexual relationship.
Baxter claims in the suit that Wade knew Baxter was in a “vulnerable employment situation” because he had a criminal record.
The suit claims that Baxter was invited to a board meeting on his first day of employment where he was pressured to join Wade in drinking and smoking. Because Baxter is a “body builder” and “health conscious,” he stated he refused.
The suit claims that in a subsequent board meeting, Wade became intoxicated and “embraced” Baxter and that he had to push him away, causing Wade to become angry and insist Baxter give him a hug.
The suit also claims that on a business trip to Dallas in December, Wade became intoxicated and started kissing him and saying, “I love you.”
The lawsuit also claims that during a trip to New York in December, Wade entered a hotel room where Baxter was in bed, crawled into bed with him and wrapped his arms around him. Baxter said he jumped out of the bed and hit Wade in the face. The lawsuit states police were called.
The suit outlines other claims of similar behavior and says that following a trip to Las Vegas, Wade became angry and jealous because Baxter had a girlfriend. It claims that on February 8th, Wade called Baxter to a meeting with him and the company’s office manager and fired Baxter.
The suit claims discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Baxter asks for monetary relief over $200,000 but not more than $1 million.
However, a statement released to us on behalf of Wade says Baxter is a felon who has lied before about his background and Wade claims he extorted a half million dollars and was released from prison last year.
He says the suit filed by Baxter exaggerates the circumstances and statements in it are untrue. He says they will fight this lawsuit to the end.