The City of Port Clinton has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former city employee. The lawsuit was filed against the city's former mayor. The amount reached in the settlement was not disclosed in the announcement. The lawsuit was dismissed on Nov. 13 when paperwork was filed in the Common Pleas Court of Ottawa County.
A civil trial in the case was scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 13, but the docket at the court listed the case as settled. It also said it was done without prejudice. Neither side of the lawsuit showed in court on Monday, but all of jurors had arrived only to be told that their services were no longer needed. Because the court was closed in observance of Veterans Day Friday, the paperwork could not be filed until Monday.
Reaching a settlement in this case puts an end to two years' worth of litigation. The lawsuit was filed in June 2015. It claimed that the former mayor made constant degrading and offensive comments advances that began not long after he took office in 2012.
The City of Port Clinton and the former safety-service director of the city were also named as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that the safety-service director was present during one occasion when sexual comments were made toward the former employee.
Paperwork that will be filed with the court within 30 days is still being finalized.
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Source: Port Clinton News Herald, "Port Clinton, ex-city worker settle harassment suit," Nov. 13, 2017