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Arizona Dept of Corrections to pay $600,000 to employee who suffered from sexual harassment

A federal jury awarded Michelle Barfield, a female corrections officer at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, $600,000 for being subjected to sexual harassment from a number of male coworkers.

Barfield claimed that she complained to superiors but they failed to stop the harassment.

According to The Arizona Republic:

As time went on without her co-workers changing their behavior, Barfield brought the situation to the attention of a commander.  The commander, Sgt. David Wall, initially encouraged her to not file a report “so it wouldn’t become a (human-resources) issue.

During the trial, Barfield’s attorney, Stephen Montoya, questioned Warden Carson McWilliams and went into detail about statements other officers made to Barfield. The statements included explicit comments from other officers wanting to subject her to sexual acts.

McWilliams said the statements were certainly inappropriate. But he maintained that they stopped short of harassment because there were no “other factors” involved, such as a supervisor making those statements to a subordinate.

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