The state of Kentucky will pay $1.5 million to four women who accused their supervisor at a prison of sexually harassing them while they worked there. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the four women had sued Sgt. Stephen Harper and won a $1.6 million jury verdict, but the Department of Corrections appealed the verdict, but a settlement was reached that ended the appeal. Lisa Lamb, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, told the Herald-Leader “the women deserve closure and we were eager to have it resolved for the benefit of all parties, including taxpayers who would face even greater costs on appeal.” The women had alleged multiple incidents with Harper at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Elliott Co, including an attempted rape and touching their breasts and buttocks.
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