A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Hyattsville, Md., police officer was settled out of court settlement after six months of federal court proceedings. The settlement brings to a close the case of Marsha Lessard, a city police officer from 2005 through 2009, who alleged a pattern of sexual harassment within the police department during her time there. According to a statement, the case was settled “on terms wherein the city admitted no liability for any of the allegations.” Details of the settlement were not available.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis. For more information: EEOC website.

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