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December 18, 2013

Lawsuit against jailer settled

Former employee had alleged sexual harassment against Harris

Somerset —

A lawsuit filed against Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris by a former employee who claimed he sexually harassed her was settled this week in federal court. 
United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves on Wednesday signed an order dismissing the case brought by Rebecca Moses against Harris. Moses, represented by local attorney Robert Norfleet, filed the lawsuit in September in United States District Court in London, Ky.
“I am pleased the lawsuit is resolved and I am eager to move on with my life,” Moses stated through a press release from Norfleet’s office. “Hopefully, this case has shined a light onto the indignity and humiliation that (Harris) and others impose on female employees of Pulaski County.”
Charles D. Cole, an attorney based in Lexington, represented Harris in the case. 
Cole on Wednesday stated that Harris continues to deny all of the allegations in Moses’ lawsuit, but is glad to see an end to the case. 
“The Jailer (Harris) disputes the (Moses’) allegations, but is nonetheless satisfied that this lawsuit is now resolved,” Cole stated via email to the Commonwealth Journal. 
Moses had worked for Harris at the Pulaski County Detention Center 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, intimidating 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.” 

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