Eureka to pay $100,000 to settle Hansen lawsuit
The Times-Standard reports that the City of Eureka is on the hook for half of the $200,000 settlement in the lawsuit brought by former EPD dispatcher Tawnie Hansen. Hansen alleged — and apparently proved — that she was the victim of vicious harassment by her co-workers while the city conducted a watered down investigation that failed to stop the harassment.
The City Council never agreed to the settlement because its insurance carrier, the Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund (REMIF), “has ‘full authority’ to control settlements under its coverage agreement with the city.”
Oddly, city manager Dave Tyson, who was named in the suit for his role in the harassment, was part of the city’s litigation team, though he is unsure if he was an “official member.” One might guess he was officially in charge of sitting on the settlement agreement these long weeks, however.
The city released a statement announcing the settlement yesterday, despite the lawsuit’s resolution at the end of October.
The Humboldt Herald announced news of a $200,000 check from REMIF to Hansen on November 7.