The sexual harassment lawsuit filed against former Knox County EMA Director Brian Hess and 16 other Knox County defendants was settled for $74,000. It is unusual to have that many defendants in one lawsuit. What this tells me is there was something bad going on at this place of work. According to published accounts the $74,000 has been awarded to the group of six plaintiffs. An independent investigation revealed that Hess engaged in unprofessional conduct which rose to the level of sexual harassment.
This type of activity seems to be taking place more and more. Men in powerful positions think they can engage in any type of behavior they wish without consequences. And if anyone complains they try to fire them. It is very important that employees realize they have options and don't have to take this type of behavior. I am glad the case settled before trial so both parties can put this behind them. Sexual harassment in the workplace makes things difficult for all involved.