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South Bend Ordered To Pay $80K In Retaliation Case

Last updated on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

(SOUTH BEND) - A federal judge has ordered a city in Indiana to pay more than $80,000 to a former female police officer who alleged the department illegally retaliated against her for accusing a male supervisor of sexual harassment.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the Thursday order comes after a jury ruled in November that the South Bend Police Department unlawfully retaliated against Joy Phillips by targeting her for disciplinary action after she filed a sexual harassment complaint.

Phillips filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in October 2014, alleging a supervisor suggested she could wear a miniskirt and high heels to a meeting. Phillips says the department launched multiple internal investigations and disciplinary actions after the complaint.

South Bend's attorney said Thursday that any discipline against Phillips was solely to hold her accountable for policy violations.

Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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