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A sexual harassment law suit brought against the City of Youngstown has been settled

Youngstown settles sexual harassment lawsuit

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown City Council has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a city employee.

In October, downtown Director of Events Lyndsey Hughes claimed she was the subject of unwelcome sexual advances from independent candidate for Mayor DeMaine Kitchen, who was also Chief of Staff to then Mayor Chuck Sammarone.

In December, an independent investigator concluded that Hughes was verbally harassed by Kitchen over a period of approximately two-and-a-half years.

Under terms of a settlement, Hughes will receive $72,000 and her attorney will get $48,000.
The city will make a $50-thousand payment to their insurance company to resolve the case.

As part of the deal, Hughes will have to give up her job as the downtown director of events and will not be able to seek reemployment with the city.

Mayor  John McNally tells 21 News he's considering some changes to the position. "I don't know if we need a full time person, a part time person. I do believe the position should report to the mayor's office," said McNally. "Right now the position reports to city council, I think it's tough to report to seven people."
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