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Police Harassment

Clinton Township, OH: (May-21-08) Patrick Sheehan and Erik Vicars, two former police officers, brought a lawsuit against Clinton Township, alleging that they were sexually harassed. The dispute centered on alleged harassment by Lt. Anthony Pfeifer, who is under investigation for e-mails he sent. The two former officers stated that other officers called them gay and used slurs to describe them. Other officers also refused to work with them, even in potentially violent situations.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, Clinton Township agreed to pay a total of $85,000 to the two former police officers. Legal counsel for the plaintiffs rued that those responsible for much of this harassment are those in a supervisory position who had the authority to stop it, and who failed to take any responsible step towards curtailing such unlawful conduct. Under the terms of the deal, Patrick Sheehan will be paid $35,000 and Erik Vicars $50,000 in the settlement. In exchange, they agreed to withdraw their legal complaints against the township. [THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: $85,000 SEXUAL HARASSMENT SETTLEMENT OK'D FOR OFFICERS]

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Published on May-26-08


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