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TDCJ Agrees to Pay $55,000 in Sexual Harassment Suit

On February 17, 2004, a settlement was reached in a sexual harassment case filed against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The complaint was filed pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq., on June 27, 2003. San Antonio attorney Robert M. Stone represented plaintiffs Michelle Medellin and Sherrice Young, who claimed they suffered emotional distress and mental anguish as a result of continuous sexual harassment and discrimination by Ted Geisinger—the Program Administrator at the State Jail facility where the two women were employed. Plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages under Title VII, as well as attorney fees and costs.

In the settlement reached in February 2004, the State, while admitting no actual liability, agreed to pay Ms. Medellin $54,000 and Ms. Young $1000. It was further agreed that the TDCJ would provide employment for the women at one of its prison units. Lastly, each party was to be responsible for its own fees and costs. Plaintiffs were represented by San Antonio attorney Robert Mark Stone. See: Medellin, v. Texas, USDC, W.D. Tx., No. 5:03-cv-00545-XR.

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