VA Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $25,000
Krista Stephenson claimed she was sexually harassed by Veterans Affairs ("VA") center director Craig Howard while she worked for him as staff assistant. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed a lawsuit on her behalf and the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit for $25,000.
In cases like this many times the parties will reach a voluntary settlement rather than risk a lengthy discovery process and the prospect of trial. At trial the amount awarded could be high or there could be no award at all. By reaching a settlement both parties can contain costs and Stephenson is guaranteed money--while also feeling vindicated by making the VA pay.
Dan Ryan, spokesman for the Canandaigua VA, declined to comment other than to issue a statement saying: “VA personnel matters are confidential by regulation.”