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Posted On: July 22, 2009

Clay County Pays $450,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Clay County agreed to pay about $450,000 to an Deanne Cluckey an ex employee to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that named assessor Cathy Rinehart, the County and a former worker as defendants. Cluckey alleged that Rinehart repeatedly allowed Steve Sutterfield, then an employee, to make sexually suggestive and offensive comments in front of her and other female employees. Cluckey claims she reported the comments to Rinehart and incident reports were filed but that Sutterfield was not disciplined.

The suit also claimed that Cluckey and other women in the office experienced gender discrimination in their compensation, travel arrangements and benefits. Earlier this year and as reported in this blog, another Clay County employee was paid $208,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against Rinehart.

Many times a second lawsuit is filed after the first lawsuit is filed and facts become public. Other employees who were sexually harassed or otherwise discriminated against come forward and file their own claims.

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