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December 27, 2013

Jailer’s sex harassment settlement costs county’s insurance $137,500

Somerset —

 
A former Pulaski County Detention Center employee received more than $135,000 as part of a settlement in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris. 
Rebecca Moses’ lawsuit, brought in U.S. District Court in London against Harris, was dismissed by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves on Dec. 18 after both parties agreed to the dismissal of the lawsuit as per the settlement details. 
Included in that agreement is $137,500, to be paid by the county’s insurer, Travelers Insurance, to Moses. That’s according to the settlement documents, provided Friday by Pulaski County government to the Common-wealth Journal. 
The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, which means Moses cannot bring the lawsuit back up in court. 
Moses sued Harris, along with Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock and Pulaski County Magist-rates Jason Turpen, Mike Wilson, Tommy Barnett, Glen Maxey, and Mike Strunk, in September, claiming that she’d been the victim of sexual harassment during her time working for Harris between June 2012 and August 2012. 
 The lawsuit claimed Harris violated Moses’ civil rights by “conditioning her employment on submitting to Harris’ sexual demands.” The lawsuit alleged the sexual harassment began during her first week of employment, during which Harris allegedly told her to wear mini-skirts and stilettos to work.
“While working at PCDC, Moses’ employment was conditioned on her submission to the sexual advances of her supervisor, Harris, and to otherwise endure a work environment permeated with sexually charged comments, innuendo, inappropriate touching and other demeaning, humiliating, embarrassing, intimi-dating and threatening conduct directed toward Moses based on her sex,” the lawsuit read.
The lawsuit claimed that Harris’ conduct “was at all times unwelcome by Moses” and that Harris terminated Moses’ employment at PCDC “when she refused to submit to Harris’ sexual advances.” 
The lawsuit also claimed that “Harris had a known history of sexually harassing female employees and his ongoing harassment of Moses was widely known within the Pulaski County Detention Center and among members of Pulaski Fiscal Court.”

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