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Court Documents Unsealed In Vermillion Police Department Harassment Case

Nov 21, 2019 | ,

(KVHT) – Jessica Newman, an officer with the Vermillion Police Department, claims in court documents unsealed by federal Judge Larry Piersol earlier this month that she endured harassment and was subjected to a hostile work environment. Piersol had temporarily sealed the complaint when it was filed in September. The judge rejected requests made by both Newman and the city of Vermillion to permanently seal the record. The complaint, filed September 6th, states that Newman’s Title VII rights, her rights under the South Dakota Human Relations Act and her rights under South Dakota common law had been violated. Newman was seeking relief from the city, the Vermillion Police Department and Vermillion Police Chief Matt Betzen for more than $75,000 for damages arising from loss of past and future income, benefits, inconvenience, mental anguish and stress. She was also seeking punitive damages as allowed by law, payment of attorney’s fees and any other relief the court deemed just. Newman and the city of Vermillion settled the lawsuit last month. Details of that settlement have not been released.

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