The City of Gainesville Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $75,000
A sexual harassment lawsuit which was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), alleged that former Gainesville Police Capt. Ray Weaver in August 2007 was sexually harassing an employee of the department has been settled for $75,000. The victim alleged that the "city knew or should have known that there was sexual harassment going on in the police department." The investigation found evidence of several events that had occurred between the employee and Weaver, including inappropriate photos and masturbation in front of the female police officer.
Captain Weaver retired before the investigation was made public. Along with the payment of $75,000, Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan issued an apology to the victim saying:
"I do wish to apologize to the individual who was subjected to this circumstance," Hanrahan said. "I've been communicating about seeking compensation through Capt. Weaver. It was an outrageous and despicable act, and I have confidence that the actions taken by our management at our police department should not ever allow something like this to happen again."