Michigan Settles Prison Sexual Harassment Lawsuits For $100 Million
Michigan will pay $100 million to settle a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit by more than 500 female inmates who claimed they were sexually assaulted, abused and harassed by male corrections staff. The lawsuit involving Scott Correctional Facility was filed in 1996 but tied up in the courts for years. Evidence in the 2008 trial showed a sexually hostile atmosphere in which women were groped, raped and subjected to inappropriate searches and other harassment by guards.
A jury in 2008 awarded 10 female inmates $15.5 million for abuse they suffered at the hands of male staff at Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. A second jury awarded more than $8 million to female inmates at another facility.
"It does not constitute an admission of liability, but a compromise of the disputed claims," Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said.Whow, the State of Michigan pays $100 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit and it claims it is not admitting liability? Are you kidding? How much would it pay if it thought it were liable? Why can't they come out and say we screwed up, we are going to pay a huge amount of money to make things right and move on with running the prison properly.