The Portland City Council recently voted to approve a $250,000 settlement to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a city employee.
The plaintiff, who previously worked as a Portland police officer, alleged that a male police officer subjected her to sexual harassment and intimidation. He allegedly made inappropriate comments to the female officer on multiple occasions.
According to her lawyer, the male officer "hit on her so aggressively that she went to Human Resources" where the female human resources manager she spoke with admitted, "I'm afraid of him, too."
The human resources manager allegedly said that all she could do was create a safety plan. The plaintiff's lawyer alleges that the Portland Police Department failed to take any action to follow the plan or to stop the sexual harassment.
With this latest settlement, the City of Portland has paid more than $800,000 to settle lawsuits concerning the male police officer. And, in 2014, the city paid more than $550,000 to settle a suit involving a man who was beaten by Portland police officers, including by the alleged sexual harasser.
The male officer resigned in 2016 following the first settlement, but was rehired immediately for a desk job, which was when the alleged sexual harassment occurred. The City of Portland stated that, as of Aug. 2020, the male officer no longer works for the city. Kellee Azar "City of Portland pays $250K in sexual harassment lawsuit settlement" katu.com (Jun. 23, 2021).