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NYC settles sexual harassment lawsuit for $225,000

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A former secretary who worked for the New York City Department of Aging has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against the city for $225,000.

Auritela Santos claimed the department commissioner, who has since resigned, subjected her to sexual remarks and allegedly had sex with other subordinates in the office while Santos sat outside at her desk.

Santos claimed in her lawsuit that the commissioner sent her explicit e-mails in an effort to get her to join him when he traveled on business. When she rebuffed his advances, she claimed, he sent her threats via e-mail.

Neither the city nor the former commissioner admitted any wrongdoing, but Santos will receive $69,000 in back pay and $117,000 in damages. Her lawyer will receive $39,000 in legal fees. 

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