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Sexual harassment lawsuit costs the City of Oceanside $1.5 million

A jury has awarded $1.5 million to a woman who worked for the Oceanside Police Department who claimed she was subjected to sexual harassment by a police officer, Gil Garcia.

The woman, Kimberli Hirst, who worked as a phlebotomist for the police department from August 2008 to January 2010, filed the sexual harassment lawsuit after claiming to have been subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by Garcia.

Garcia admitted to having made inappropriate sexual comments to Hirst, but he claims that the comments were of a consensual nature.

The City of Oceanside, which fired Garcia in late 2009 after Hirst complained about the sexual harassment, says it plans on appealing the jury decision.

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Sexual harassment lawsuit costs the City of Oceanside $1.5 million
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