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Statement on Resolution of the Case Hamner vs. Anne Arundel County

Publish Date: 09/24/2013

Overview:

On August 24, 2010, Ms. Karla Robinson Hamner filed a complaint with the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct by former County Executive John Leopold. Given the nature of the case, on September 9, 2010, the County transferred the claim to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Court granted judgment on March 18, 2013, in favor of the County on a majority of the claims, but allowed Ms. Hamner to go forward on claims of retaliation for not being hired for another position within the County and a hostile work environment. On September 24, 2013, counsel for Ms. Hamner accepted the County’s offer of judgment that gave Ms. Hamner an award of $110,000 plus reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. The attorney for Ms. Hamner will have to petition the Court and prove those fees and costs.

 

Statement by Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman:

“We are pleased that this case has been resolved and we can put it behind us. This closes a sad and sordid chapter in our County's history, but serves as the impetus for putting processes in place that guard against this in the future.”


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