City pays harassment victim $250K

Former Wellness Center employee had suffered abuse, bullying

By JOSH RESNEK

The City of Everett or its insurer has allegedly paid a victim of sexual harassment and bullying at the Wellness Center $250,000, according to a variety of sources, all of whom wished to remain unnamed.

The city has not indicated that its lawyers or outside counsel have negotiated such a settlement.

The mayor refused to comment on the situation.

“This matter should be reviewed in its entirety and, if it did in fact occur, anyone involved with this disturbing conduct should be held fully accountable. We, as a community, have an obligation to provide a respectful and safe environment for employees residents, and the general public,” mayoral candidate councilor Fred Capone told the Leader Herald.

For all intents and purposes, the city has hushed up the settlement this, despite the promise made to mayoral candidate and city councilor at large Gerly Adrien.

Adrien got the city solicitor’s office to agree to publish all settlements and actions against the city and their outcome several months ago.

No such mention of the settlement has been forthcoming from the city solicitor’s office or the mayor.

The victim has likely been ordered not to comment on the settlement.

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Wellness Center Employee Files Sexual Harassment Claim

By Josh Resnek

An Everett woman has alleged she was bullied and sexually harassed at her job at the Wellness Center, the Leader Herald has learned.

The young woman has apparently filed an official complaint with the city’s Human Services chief, Steve Supino.

Supino was unavailable for comment, according to Tom Philbin, the mayor’s communications chief.

The woman alleging she was bullied and sexually harassed at the Center on Broadway in the former high school building, is believed to be considering a lawsuit against the city.

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