Posted On: January 8, 2009

Sexual Harassment Of Female Police Officer Settled for $105,000.

Gender discrimination and a hostile work environment were alleged by Sgt. Valerie Scharfe who claims inequitable treatment as Hasting Minnesota's first female police officer. Scharfe will receive $105,000 and her attorney $25,000 after reaching a settlement with the city over alleged workplace harassment involving sexual harassment.

Although a sexual harassment lawsuit was never filed by Scharfe, the city wished to settle the case to avoid the risk of a long drawn out legal battle which could cost the city a large amount in legal fees, the potential for a large verdict against it and the bad publicity a lawsuit may bring. Both parties utilized mediation to help reach the settlement.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "EEOC" the advantages of mediation are:
Fair and Neutral
Parties not the mediator have an equal say in the process and decide settlement terms. Saves Time and Money
Mediation occurs early in the process so legal fees are minimal.

Confidential
Information disclosed during mediation will not be revealed to anyone.
Avoids Litigation
Lengthy and expensive litigation may be avoided.
Cooperation
Mediation fosters a problem solving approach to workplace disruptions.
Improves Communication
Mediation provides a neutral and confidential setting where both parties can openly discuss their views on the underlying dispute.
Design your own Solution
A neutral third party assists the parties in reaching a voluntary, mutually beneficial resolution.
Everyone Wins
There is no determination of guilty or innocence so neither party loses.