Mobile County Sheriffs Office Sexual Harassment Case: Judge Kristi DuBose—Gives Nod to $2 Million Settlement 

In a substantial “legal development” correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case; a federal judge has granted final approval to a $2 million settlement—bringing closure to a “harrowing lawsuit” against the Mobile County Sheriffs Office in Alabama.

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Mobile County Sheriffs Office Sexual Harassment Proceedings (Photo: The Flickr)

Mobile County Sheriffs Office Sexual Harassment Proceedings: Will This Tread To Its Denouement?

The lawsuit in Alabama, which alleged the “negligence” of the Mobile County Sheriffs Office in addressing the “sexual harassment” of female corrections deputies in Mobile County Sheriffs Office by male prisoners—has now reached its conclusion.

Under this settlement (correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case); a dozen current and former employees [of Mobile County Sheriffs Office] who initiated the complaint—alongside other “similarly situated women”— will receive compensation totaling $2.02 million.

REFERENCE: The Fox 10 News

US District Judge Kristi DuBose’s provisional approval earlier this year (correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case) faced “challenges” from those not encompassed by the agreement. Either due to their (current and former employees) departure from the Mobile County Sheriffs Office prior to 2011 or their supervisory roles.

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Mobile County Sheriffs Office Sexual Harassment Proceedings: Judge Dubose Resolutely Endorsed The Settlement

However, Judge DuBose resolutely endorsed the settlement (correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case), deeming it a “fair; adequate; and reasonable resolution” —that emerged “devoid of collusion” among the parties.

The lawsuit (correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case) contended that Mobile County Sheriffs Office  authorities had failed to take “adequate measures”—curtailing the exposure of “female corrections deputies” to lewd behavior. This [harassment experienced by female deputies] includes “indecent gestures” and “explicit comments” from inmates.

REFERENCE: The AP News

In addition to the monetary compensation (which will be received by the female deputies), the Mobile County Sheriffs Office has committed to a series of “preventive measures”—aimed at thwarting such “misconduc”t in the future.

Sheriff Paul Burch (of the Mobile County Sheriffs Office) asserted that most of these preventive measures (correlating the Mobile County Sheriffs Office case) were already in place.

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