Yakima County settles misconduct suit against coroner
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County officials have agreed pay $150,000 plus mediation costs to an employee who claimed in a suit she was sexually harassed by the county coroner.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports county commissioners approved the settlement Tuesday in which the county and Coroner Jack Hawkins do not admit any wrongdoing.
A woman filed the suit in May 2017, claiming Hawkins made unwanted sexual advances toward her.
The woman’s attorney Bill Pickett says the settlement was a satisfactory resolution. He says his client continues to work for the county but in a different department.
Commission Chairman Ron Anderson declined to comment on the settlement.
Hawkins has worked as the county coroner since 2009.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com