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EL PASO, Texas - An El Paso jury on Friday sided with a former county employee on a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit and awarded her $750,000.
Doña Ana County has settled a discrimination lawsuit with a former employee for almost half-a-million dollars
The jury on Thursday evening awarded more than $1 million in damages to Kim Stewart, the former Doña Ana County internal affairs investigator who sued the county over alleged retaliation by its management, ending a more than four-year legal battle between Stewart and county officials.
Las Cruces city worker Sandra Hunter was granted $50,000. Legal representatives Daniela Labinoti and Brett Duke, who stood for Hunter, won the claim declaring hostile workplace.
Former county internal affairs investigator Kim Stewart alleged she was fired from the county after concluding that another employee - then-Animal Control Supervisor Curtis Childress - was guilty of racial discrimination against two personnel he managed, according to the lawsuit.
In this case it seemed very clear to me that jurors putting a check on discrimination is needed to protect employees and the general public. Also, failure to stop it creates a "chilling effect," in which employees fear reporting wrongdoing.
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