Aberdeen reaches settlement with Lougheed

The City of Aberdeen has reached a settlement with Kristi Lougheed.

Aberdeen and the Washington Cities Insurance Authority reached the settlement with Officer Lougheed who filed a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination in violation of Washington’s Equal Pay Act.

According to Aberdeen City Attorney Eric Nelson the city will recalculate Lougheed’s salary as though she had been hired at Step 4 in the patrol officer salary range and pay her the difference ($16,918.35 gross and $11,816.43 net) and the rest of the $375,000 settlement will be paid by the Washington Cities Insurance Authority.

The city will also alter it’s current procedure for evaluating candidates for promotion within the police department, amend its Personnel Policy, purge any Letters of Reprimand from Lougheed’s personnel file, and the Police Chief will have to sign a letter of apology to Lougheed that may state while he did not personally intend or desire to engage in discriminatory pay practices he recognizes the court has found he was in error.

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