Kentucky female prison guards settle harassment lawsuit
SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — The state of Kentucky will pay $1.5 million to four women who accused their supervisor at an Elliott County prison of sexually harassing them while they worked there.
The four women had sued Sgt. Stephen Harper and won a $1.6 million jury verdict, but the Department of Corrections appealed the verdict. A settlement was reached that ended the appeal, Lexington attorney Joe Childers told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday.
Lisa Lamb, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, says the women “deserve closure and we were eager to have it resolved for the benefit of all parties, including taxpayers who would face even greater costs on appeal.”
The women alleged multiple incidents with Harper at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex, including an attempted rape and touching their breasts and buttocks.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com