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$200,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment

Washington State’s King County paid $200,000 to settle the sexual harassment and hostile work environment claim of Jacqueline Galvan, who made claims relating to her employment at the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.

The lengthy complaint in civil court details events from July 1, 2001 until the complaint’s filing in 2006. Mainly, it details the acts of Sgt. Edward Brenner, who continued to make unwelcome comments and touching of a sexual nature to Galvan. One part of the complaint details the facts of Galvan’s rape by her husband being distributed throughout the jail, including a situation where Brenner read the report to Galvan, telling her he could give it to her rough if she liked it.

The detailed complaint also describes a sexually charged atmosphere that was well-known without action being taken by superiors who failed to act on Galvan’s complaints, other than to retaliate against her for making them.

Represented by Kent attorney Rod Stephens, Galvan settled the matter in May of 2008. She received $10,000 for lost wages and $190,000 for emotional distress, attorney’s fees and reimbursement for litigation expenses. As part of the settlement, Galvan was required to resign from her position as a guard. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: Galvan v. King County, King Co. Super. Ct., No. 06-2-06813-6 SEA (May 13, 2008).

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Galvan v. King County

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