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$27,000 Settlement for Age/Gender Employment Discrimination by Seattle Jail

Washington State’s King County paid $26,980 to settle the lawsuit of Harry G. Proctor, a 27-year veteran of the King County Jail. Sgt. Proctor alleged that on April 27, 2007, Captain Kempton called guard Sonja Tangen into his office to warn her that Proctor is a sexual predator, alluding to stories about him. Tangen wrote a report detailing the matter on May 16, 2001. The defamatory and slanderous statement changed the way people thought of Proctor and made him a target for sexual harassment lawsuits.

It also affected Proctor’s promotional opportunity to Captain. Despite having experience, a bachelor’s degree and military experience, Proctor was screened out of competing for promotion. Promoted, instead, were 3 junior sergeants, all with only high school diplomas.

The date of settlement is unknown. The settlement amounted to $26,000 for damages and $980 in costs. Proctor was represented by Bothell attorney Thomas F. Klein. The documents related to their claim are available on PLN’s website. See: Proctor v. King County, King Co. Supr. Ct., No. 04-2-12398-4 SEA.

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Proctor v. King County

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