The City of Independence in Kansas settled a 2018 lawsuit against the police chief on July 1st, 2020 for $100,000. The lawsuit accused the Chief of sexual harassment and assault according to reports.
Settlement Not an Admission of Liability
As per the record, the settlement is designed to release Chief Brad Halsey and City of Independence from all past, present, and future liability claims or demands as related to the lawsuit. The agreement mentions that the settlement is not supposed to be taken as an admission of guilt or liability by the city.
The Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund paid the settlement amount in November 2019. Both the defendant’s attorney and plaintiff’s sexual harassment lawyer were unavailable for comment about the settlement amount.
Suit Filed After Repeated Instances of Sexually Abusive Behavior
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former analyst working with the Independence Police Department in Jackson County Circuit Court. The suit claims she was subject to repeated sexually charged behavior involving a civilian employee, police major and Chief Halsey. Halsey was a deputy chief at the time of the incident.
According to the lawsuit, Halsey would send sexually explicit text messages to the woman. He would ask her to send him photos of her swimsuit and breasts. Similar incidents of inappropriate conduct were described in the suit from two other female department employees.
The woman had to ultimately resign after a May 2013 incident when she was asked by Halsey to adjust his tie. When she got close to him to comply with his request, he allegedly placed his hands on her buttocks and pulled her close to his genital area.
She fled the office and came to her desk. This is when Halsey walked up to her and asked if his pants were too tight. According to the lawsuit, when she looked up he had an erection.
Sexual Harassment is Illegal in Kansas
Discrimination at the workplace based on gender is clearly prohibited by the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KS Stat. Sec. 44-1001 et seq.) The law is applicable to all private and public employers with four or more employees. It’s vital that victims consult with a sexual harassment attorney or an employment attorney to know more about their rights and options.
Sexual harassment can be of many forms. It can be suffering through derogatory or insulting language at the workplace, brushing off unwanted advances from a boss or a coworker, or being coerced into performing sexual favors by a supervisor. An experienced employment lawyer help a victim file a lawsuit.