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CDCR Pays $25,000 to Settle Employee Harassment Claim

In December 2008, Sergeant Curtis Scott signed a Settlement Agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), agreeing to settle the lawsuit he had initiated in April 2007. In that lawsuit, Scott alleged that, while employed at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, fellow CDCR employee Jon Marsh subjected him to ongoing harassment (beginning in December 2005) based on his age (50+), gender (male), religion (Mormon), and perceived sexual orientation (homosexual); Scott further alleged that, despite complaining to his supervisors, they took no action to prevent the harassment and discrimination from occurring.

Scott's suit alleged state-law causes of action for harassment; failure to prevent discrimination and harassment; retaliation for complaining about unlawful discrimination and harassment; and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He sought general and special damages in an amount according to proof at trial.

In exchange for signing the Settlement Agreement, in which he agreed to dismiss his lawsuit (with prejudice), Scott received payment of $25,000 from CDCR. Sources: Scott v. CDCR, Sacramento County Superior Court Case No.07AS01566.

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