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County to pay $1 million to 3 detectives in sex-harassment case
Seattle Times ^ | 12-19-13 | Steve Miletich

Posted on 12/19/2013 7:17:28 PM PST by smokingfrog

King County has agreed to pay $1 million to three veteran detectives in the sheriff’s office Special Assault Unit who alleged they were victims of rampant acts of sexual harassment and verbal abuse over many years.

The detectives, Marylisa Priebe-Olson, Janette Luitgaarden and Belinda Ferguson, alleged in a lawsuit filed in January they were subjected to a litany of boorish conduct, inappropriate remarks and belittling behavior from two sergeants.

A settlement in the case was reached Wednesday night, according to the attorneys for the women, Julie Kays and Lincoln Beauregard of Connelly Law Offices of Tacoma and Seattle.

The women, who have worked for the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) for decades, will split the payment evenly.

As part of the settlement, the county admitted no liability.

“Our clients are veteran, tough detectives, who investigate the worst kinds of cases: the sexual abuse of children and women,” Kays said in a statement Wednesday night.

“This lawsuit was always about shining the light of truth on the culture of the KCSO that makes it OK to sexually harass and degrade women in the workplace,” she added. “For years their complaints were ignored or dismissed. It took filing a lawsuit to get the attention of the KCSO leadership.”

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: kingcounty; lawsuit
The original lawsuit was for $9 million
1 posted on 12/19/2013 7:17:28 PM PST by smokingfrog
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The Courts should dock the pensions not the taxpayers to fund these suits.


2 posted on 12/19/2013 7:24:00 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: smokingfrog

I will offer to submit myself to sexual harrassment for far less.......


3 posted on 12/19/2013 7:24:06 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: smokingfrog

Democrats sueing democrats... whats not to like?...


4 posted on 12/19/2013 7:25:34 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe
Every second car in traffic is a rusty Volvo or Subaru. Two out of three have faded Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers...
5 posted on 12/19/2013 7:28:12 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: smokingfrog

This can’t be true because Seattle is a liberal bastion where sexual harassment has been bred out of men.


6 posted on 12/19/2013 7:33:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Gene Eric
YES!

Gene Eric, that is the key to all of this union nonsense.

When the UNION is responsible for these creeps, THEY should pay handsomely.

NOT the taxpayer.

If the shoe were on the other foot, the union would be defending these a-holes.

At THEIR expense.

Why should it be different when the UNION pukes commit crimes?

The Seattle police department has plenty of worries as it stands.

And I am generally VERY pro-cop. They have a very difficult job to do. If the city harassed a cop, sure they should pay.

Funny how it never works the other way around.

7 posted on 12/19/2013 7:40:23 PM PST by boop (I had no IDEA I'd be paying for Obamacare. I thought it would be a rich guy.)
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To: hosepipe
Because taxpayers pay for their games?

Shouldn't the Unions pay the penalties?

8 posted on 12/19/2013 7:46:36 PM PST by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: boop

“The Seattle police department has plenty of worries as it stands.’

The article says that the plaintiffs were detectives for the King County Sheriff’s Office, not the Seattle PD.


9 posted on 12/19/2013 8:16:43 PM PST by vette6387
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