Colusa County Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $250,000

Colusa County has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with a former employee who claims he was sexually harassed by colleagues on the job.

James Rogers says he was repeatedly subjected to inappropriate and insulting sexual innuendo while employed as a social worker/supervisor for the county’s Department of Human Resources between 2005 and 2011. In one instance, Rogers said, two employees presented him with a variety of sex toys and pornography. According to the suit, they also wrongly alleged that he was gay.

Rogers filed suit against Colusa and the two co-workers in May 2013. As part of the settlement, the county admits no wrongdoing in the case. Per the agreement, Rogers will never perform work for the county either directly or through a contractor again.

County Counsel Marcos Kropf provided a copy of the settlement to the Appeal-Democrat in response to a California Public Records Act request, but cannot discuss the case any further. He said the settlement fee will be covered by the county’s insurance and confirmed that at least one of the accused employees is still employed by the county.

Read more about the settlement here.