Thursday, August 15, 2013

Correa Files Alleged Harassment Claim Against Perez From Esperanza Unida

Irene Agape Correa and Manuel "Manny" Perez

Perez denies sexual harassment claims by Correa, the head of a mental health clinic at Esperanza Unida.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 15, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JS) reporter Georgia Pabst wrote that a temporary restraining order was filed and granted against, Manuel "Manny" Perez, the current general manager for Esperanza Unida. Irene Agape Correa, 35, President of  United Hands Across the City, a mental health clinic run at the Esperanza Unida, 611 W. National Ave. claims that Perez on several occasions grabbed her arm and once tried to grope her while caressing her, but when another person walked in on them and Perez stopped, according to the JS article.
Perez denied Correa's claims and believes he will be exonerated in court. Correa is running the clinic rent free, according to Perez. Correa also claims, Perez threatened to get rid of her from Esperanza Unida.
An injunction hearing for Perez and Correa is scheduled for August 20, according to court records.
Perez formerly worked for Governor Scott Walker in 2011 and resigned only five months into the job citing he had accomplished what he wanted to do in that short period. Perez was previously an owner of JNA Staffing Inc. and head of the Hispanic Republican group in Wisconsin that supported Walker. He also worked for Manpower Group.
When contacted on Wednesday, Robert Miranda, the executive director of Esperanza Unida who appointed Perez in March as general manager confirmed, that the Esperanza Unida Board will release a statement soon and that former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic has been retain by the Board. Miranda would not comment further on Correa's alleged sexual harassment claims.

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