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Worker Harassment

Fernley, NV: (Apr-30-08) Irene Humphrey, a city employee, brought a lawsuit against the City of Fernley, former City Operations and Projects Coordinator Sandy Davis, and Keith Penner, city parks director, alleging that she was sexually harassed and subjected to retaliation in a hostile work environment. The federal suit was filed in the Third Judicial District Court in Yerington. City records show that Humphrey worked as a Maintenance Helper for the City Parks and Recreation Department in 2005-2006. Her suit against Penner and Davis, filed in District Court, claimed that Penner sexually propositioned Humphrey and then threatened that she would lose her job if she did not submit to his request.

Humphrey also charged that Davis also sexually propositioned her and threatened her with loss of her job if she didn't comply with his demands. The city was named, alleging that it was liable for the sexual harassment by management employees; and that the city retaliated against the plaintiff, violated her civil rights and caused emotional distress by failing to properly investigate the complaints. Additionally, the complaint charged the city was negligent in hiring and retaining employees as Penner had prior harassment charges levied against him. The city was accused of failing to supervise both Penner and Davis.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, the city agreed to pay Humphrey $30,000 to resolve the lawsuit. City officials said that the settlement will be covered by the city's insurance. [RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL: COMPROMISE REACHED IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT]

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Published on May-2-08


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