Settlement approved in Harford sexual harassment lawsuit

July 22, 2004|By Artika Rangan | Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved yesterday an $80,000 settlement to be paid to a woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows.

Jeanette Y. Gamble filed a federal lawsuit in January last year against the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Harford County, the state of Maryland and Meadows, the former sheriff.

Under the settlement, Meadows would pay $30,000, and the Harford County Sheriff's Office would pay the remainder.

Gamble has worked at the sheriff's office since 1986 and has served as the records manager since 2001, according to her lawsuit.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun about the Maryland Board of Public Works approving an $80,000 settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows misstated the obligations of Meadows and the sheriff's office in the settlement. The settlement provides that, in addition to the $80,000 paid by the state, Meadows would pay $30,000 and the Harford County Sheriff's Office would pay $50,000 to Jeanette Y. Gamble. The sheriff's office would also reinstitute leave taken by Gamble and her husband, who is also an employee of the sheriff's office, with a value of $51,278. The Sun regrets the error.

In the lawsuit, Gamble alleged that Meadows subjected her to unwanted sexual advances for more than two years.

Gamble sought $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages for each of seven counts.

Meadows, who had been in his third term as sheriff, resigned June 1 last year.

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