Harassment Suit Against Washington Prosecutor Settled, $350K to be Paid Out of Insurance Pool

December 17, 2018

A former Clallam County employee’s sexual harassment lawsuit against a county prosecuting attorney has been settled for $350,000.

The Peninsula Daily News reported Tina Hendrickson, and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols signed the pact last week, according to documents obtained by the newspaper.

Interim county Administrator Rich Sill said the county is in a statewide insurance risk pool that will pay Hendrickson.

Hendrickson expects to receive $160,000 to $170,000 after legal fees, she said Wednesday.

Hendrickson, Nichols’ former office manager, family friend and admitted romantic interest, asserted in her 2017 Western Federal District Court complaint that Nichols did not heed her entreaties to stop his romantic advances, creating a hostile workplace.

Nichols, re-elected to office in a Nov. 6 election, denied the allegations and said he was prepared to go to court to defend himself.

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