Corrections Department To Pay $50K in Sexual Harassment Suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it reached the agreement with the state.

The complaint, filed in July, alleges that Joe Cummings was sexually harassed by a female co-worker at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility and says the department failed to end the harassment quickly.

If a federal judge approves the settlement, Cummings will be paid for damages and will get back the leave days he used to avoid the harasser.

The complaint says his co-worker made frequent unwanted sexual advances for more than a year. Cummings and other employees said they complained repeatedly, without result.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

More From CBS Los Angeles

Play.It
Introducing Your New Podcast Network
CBS ALL Access

Listen Live