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CDCR Pays $7,500 to Resolve Payment Dispute in Employee Sexual Harassment Suit

In February 2009, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agreed to pay $7,500 to settle a payment dispute over a lawsuit filed by psychotherapist Sallie Mae Bradley for alleged sexual harassment by a CDCR Chaplain, Iman Omar Shakir, while both were employed at the State Prison at Corcoran.

Bradley's suit, filed in Kings County Superior Court in 2001, alleged that, commencing on or about September 2000, while she was employed in the psychological crisis unit at Corcoran, Chaplain Shakir began to sexually harass her. The suit further alleges that Shakir had previously engaged in similar conduct with other female employees; that he had raped or sexually assaulted other females; he had been arrested for bringing a gun or bomb onto prison grounds; that, despite repeated complaints by Bradley, CDCR took no remedial steps to stop Shakir's harassment; and that Bradley was ultimately fired by CDCR for her complaints against Shakir.

Bradley's suit raised causes of action for sexual harassment in violation of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA); retaliation in violation of FEHA; negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision; intentional infliction of emotional distress; and assault. Bradley sought damages in an amount according to proof.

Sometime thereafter, apparently after a judgment was reached in the case, a dispute arose between Bradley and CDCR concerning "the remaining balance" (if any) due Bradley with respect to the judgment, costs, and attorney's fees. CDCR's payment of $7,500 to Bradley resolved that dispute. Sources: Bradley v. Shakir, Superior Court of Kings County (CA), Case No. 01-C-2235 (2009).

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Bradley v. Shakir