Hot Springs settles whistleblower lawsuit for $87.5K

     (AP) – Hot Springs has paid $87,500 to settle a 2015 lawsuit

alleging the deputy city manager fired a city employee for corroborating a

female coworker’s sexual harassment claim against him.

     The settlement led a federal judge on Nov. 28 to dismiss Bill Boyles’ lawsuit

against deputy city manager Bill Burrough and the city.

     The city released the settlement terms following a request from The

Sentinel-Record under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

     City Attorney Brian Albright says neither Burrough nor the city was required

to admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement.

     In the lawsuit, filed in August 2015, Boyles alleged Burrough fired him from

his managerial position in the city’s solid waste department after Boyles helped

a female colleague lodge a sexual harassment complaint against Burrough in 2014.


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