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Decatur Co. settles in sexual harassment suit

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – Decatur County reached a settlement this week in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former female firefighter.

The county's insurer agreed to pay Cindy Harrell $600,000.

Harrell was the only woman ever employed by Decatur County Fire and Rescue and filed the lawsuit against the county last year claiming she was sexually harassed by her male co-workers.

Harrell's attorney, Louis Hatcher, says this is the third suit filed against the county involving its fire department.

"I especially would've liked to have had another day in court against Decatur County because those people have to be stopped. They simply do not seem to be learning lessons from the tremendous settlements they're having to pay," said Hatcher.

Last April, a jury awarded $750,000 or $250,000 each to three firefighters who were retaliated against when they supported Michele Legace who was denied a job with Decatur County Fire & Rescue despite meeting qualifications.

Legace was awarded $175,000 in a separate lawsuit against Decatur County that was settled out of court.

Harrell's suit claimed that while employed she was propositioned for sex, had her underwear flown up a flag pole, and was given a pair crotch less shorts by her co-workers.

Decatur County attorney Brown Moseley had no comment on the settlement.


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