That’s the amount of your tax dollars the city spent defending sexual harassment allegations made by former city council aide Jennifer Walle.
The City of Richmond, City Council President Kathy Graziano and her liason David Hathcock are named in a civil lawsuit and two E.E.O.C. charges.
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Taylor extended Graziano the benefit of “sovereign immunity,” a legal doctrine that protects governments and their officials from being sued for acting in their official capacity.
After a five-hour hearing Wednesday that included testimony from nearly a dozen city officials and employees, Circuit Judge Richard D. Taylor Jr. dismissed the lone claim against Graziano in a civil lawsuit brought by Jennifer M. Walle, former 1st District liaison to Councilman Bruce W. Tyler.
via Judge dismisses claim against Graziano | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Vijay K. Mago, Esquire
Counsel for Katherine Graziano
Specifically, Mr. Mago counsels employers to avoid litigation by providing strategic advice and utilizing appropriate anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, discipline and termination policies, affirmative action compliance policies, employment contracts and employee handbooks.
In addition to bolstering Walle’s claim against Hathcock by showing that he had a pattern of behavior, Fisher says, Fultz’s claims also create a new level of involvement for Graziano.
Fisher says that Graziano should have dislosed the second allegation to other city council members. Graziano’s failure to share the information about Fultz, Fisher contends, potentially puts the city at greater risk of liability in the Walle case.
Hathcock retired as Graziano’s aide July 29. Lawyers for Graziano and Hathcock were informed that Fultz would be deposed a week before his retirement announcement, Fisher says.
Fultz said Graziano initially did not tell her about the allegations that Walle first made last August about an encounter with Hathcock the previous April in which he attempted to kiss her and touched her inappropriately.
Fultz said that when she told Graziano about her encounter with Hathcock and his subsequent unwanted attention toward her, Graziano told her “the whole time she had worked with him, she had never known him to do anything like that before.”
via Second woman faults former Richmond City Council aide Hathcock | Richmond Times-Dispatch.