Jackson County pays $1.4 million in lawsuit settlements - KCTV5

Jackson County pays $1.4 million in lawsuit settlements

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JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Jackson County is getting ready to write some big checks - five of them totaling $1.4 million. The checks, issued to five former employees, will settle sexual and racial harassment lawsuits filed against the county.

According to documents obtained by KCTV5 from Jackson County, five separate payments of  $700,000, $400,000, $150,000 and two payments of $75,000 each have been approved in a resolution by the Jackson County legislature.

Documents show the five former employees claim to have suffered sexual and racial harassment in the workplace dating back to the 1990s and continuing until recently. There were no details of the alleged harassment included in the settlement agreement.

The allegations resulted in an investigation of the county Assessment Department, where the five persons who filed suit worked. This agreement comes at the conclusion of that investigation. Three long-time employees in the department reportedly resigned when the women came forward last year.

The department's director at the time, Curtis Koons, resigned under fire over discrepancies involving assessment bills.

His replacement, Ferdinand Niemann, who had been acting director, was tabbed to head the department on Monday.

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