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Posted On: April 26, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

County Pays $1.59 Million To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Middlesex County will pay $1.59 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the sheriff department. Former sheriff’s officers Joan Ivan and Angel Jazikoff, alleged they were subjected to years of sexual propositions, innuendo and lewd, offensive behavior. This county recently paid $1 Million to settle another sexual harassment lawsuit which was filed by five women. You would think this sheriffs department would get their act together and spend some time fighting crime.

Ivan was an officer from 1999 to 2003, when she was fired after failing to pass a qualification test with her service weapon. Garrigan claims she was fired in retaliation for bringing the lawsuit. According to court documents, in March 2002, then county personnel Director Thomas Cross directed Sheriff Spicuzzo to reprimand an officer, but the officer was told no action would be taken. This case took seven years to settle and you can see how long it takes for cases to settle sometimes.

"It was on-going sexual and gender harassment. Individuals were accused of creating a hostile work environment,” said Jeffrey Garrigan, one of the lawyers for the two women.

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