October 21, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it reached the agreement with the state.
The complaint, filed in July, alleges that Joe Cummings was sexually harassed by a female co-worker at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility and says the department failed to end the harassment quickly.
If a federal judge approves the settlement, Cummings will be paid for damages and will get back the leave days he used to avoid the harasser.
The complaint says his co-worker made frequent unwanted sexual advances for more than a year. Cummings and other employees said they complained repeatedly, without result.
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