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$1.5 Million Awarded Female Washington Attorneys For Workplace Abuse By Prosecutor

Thurston County (Washington) criminal prosecutor's office employees brought civil rights violations action against the County for gender discrimination and hostile work environment beginning in 2001. Audrey Broyles, Susan Sackett Dan Pullo, and Vonda Sargent (plaintiffs) were awarded $1,522,000 collectively.

The plaintiffs alleged that the county prosecutor threw files at them in court and at
the office, wore a gun, and intimidated them with his size. They claimed that he was openly]
hostile and verbally abusive to all women, which resulted in their depression, emotional
distress, anxiety, loss of sleep, jaw clenching and teeth grinding, and suicidal thoughts in
one case. Alleged complaints to the Human Resources Department accomplished nothing. Six months later Broyles was put on stress related medical leave and subsequently fired.
Sackett Dan Pullo left after being demoted. The plaintiffs asked for just over $2 million and
the county offered $450,000.

The Mason County District Court awarded Broyles $599,000 plus $300,000 in economic damages, Sacket Dan Pullo $673,000 plus $173,000 in economic damages, and Sargent a total of $173,000. Fees and costs were ordered. See: Broyles v. Thurston County, Case No. 04 2 00411 (Wash. 2006).

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