Univ. of Colo. Paying $80K to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Kimberly Parker claims she was subjected to sexual harassment by her director supervisor over a number of years.

The University of Colorado settled a lawsuit with a former employee who was allegedly fired after reporting sexual harassment by her boss.

Kimberly Parker will receive $80,000 after claiming university officials discouraged her from reporting sexual advances by her boss over a number of years, according to dailycamera.com.

Parker filed a complaint against her director supervisor, Jeffrey Luftig, for his unwelcome advances before leaving the school in 2015. In her lawsuit Parker claimed she was fired by the school, but school officials denied that, arguing she declined to extend her employment contract.

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After Parker’s complaint was filed, the university hired an independent investigator to verify her claims. The investigator determined that although Luftig had made sexual advances toward Parker, his actions didn’t violate the school’s sexual misconduct policy.

As part of the settlement, the university will help Parker find a job for the next 12 months and Parker will terminate her lawsuit without the ability to bring the same case forward in the future.

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