Settlement reached over Saline County discrimination claim

Saline County Health Department (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Saline County and a former interim director of the Saline County Health Department have reached a $75,000 settlement over a sexual discrimination claim.

The Salina Journal reports the county said Tuesday that it denied liability associated with the claim, and that it would allow its insurance company to resolve the matter to avoid further litigation costs.

Suzette Brotton filed a claim against the Salina Human Relations Commission after it chose Bronson Farmer to direct the health department in 2014. Brotton claimed that she was not chosen because she is a woman.

Farmer was chosen despite having previously been fired from the health department after being accused of falsifying mileage reports. He has denied that charge.

The Kansas Human Rights Commission had ruled there was “probable cause” to believe Brotton’s allegations of sexual discrimination in hiring and pre-employment testing.

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