Washington Prison Guards Paid $65,000 for Harassment, Threats by Coworker
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St. Clair v. State of Washington
On October 28, 2006, the State of Washington paid $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two female prison guards who were sexually harassed and physically threatened by a male coworker. The women filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and alleged claims pursuant to state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The women specifically contended that on November 14, 2003, guard James Larson, who was in uniform and on duty at the Twin Rivers Correctional Center, pointed his unloaded service revolver in the faces of the female plaintiffs and laughed while pulling the trigger. Plaintiffs also alleged that Larson had sexually harassed them and other female employees and was known by supervisors to engage in behavior that caused alarm and fear in other employees, yet no action was taken and Larson was never disciplined. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Ronald J. Meltzer and Michael Schwartz of Seattle, Washington. See: St. Clair v. State of Washington, USDC WD WA, Case No. C05-0341JLR.