Washington’s Clallam County agreed to pay $1.6 million to four former County Prosecutor’s Office employees to settle an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
The four former employees claim that chief deputy prosecutor Mark Nichols showed favoritism to younger employees, subjected older employees to condescending, hostile, and demeaning conduct, and made ageist comments.
Several former employees in their 50s and 60s testified in depositions about a hostile work environment at the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office. They also testified that they heard the same type of ageist and discriminatory comments by Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly and Nichols that the plaintiffs heard.
Attorneys Stephanie L. Bloomfield and James W. Beck from the law firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP represented the four employees in their lawsuit against Clallam County.