Hughes gets $72K in harassment settlement, loses job


Lyndsey Hughes, a city employee sexually harassed on the job, will receive $72,000 and her attorneys will get $48,000 as part of a settlement agreement that also includes her not keeping her job.

City council voted 7-0 today to pay the city’s $50,000 deductible to its insurance company to resolve the complaint. The board of control will authorize the payment today, said Mayor John A. McNally, that body’s chairman. first reported details about the settlement early today.

Hughes made $41,125 in annual salary as the downtown director of events, special projects and marketing, a job she had since 2008.

Her final day as downtown director, according to the agreement, was May 21.

A Dec. 6, 2013, report conducted on behalf of the city concluded that DeMaine Kitchen, a former chief of staff/secretary to the former mayor, Charles Sammarone, and also a former city councilman,—sexually harassed Hughes.

Meanwhile, finding a replacement for Hughes is up in the air.

During a 30-minute executive session Wednesday, council members could be heard yelling in that closed-door meeting.

After today’s closed-door meeting, Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, said, “We’re not going to do anything. There was no decision on an interim or permanent [replacement]. I want an interim.”

For more on the matter, read Thursday’s Vindicator or

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