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Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department spy-cam case results in settlement for female staffer

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The Kalamazoo County Board met Tuesday night to approve the settlement and handle the rest of their regular agenda.
The Kalamazoo County Board met Tuesday night to approve the settlement and handle the rest of their regular agenda.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The case of the spying sergeant has resulted in a cash settlement for the alleged victim.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo County Commissioners have approved a mediated financial settlement with a female employee at the Sheriff’s office, who claimed she was secretly videotaped while pumping breast milk for her baby in what she thought was a secure area of the facility.

They have agreed to pay her $200-thousand dollars to head off any litigation.  She claimed her privacy had been violated and that the matter created a hostile work environment. .

Attorney Thom Canny told Commissioners that the Sergeant who allegedly did the taping claims it was accidental and that no one ever saw the video, although that claim has been disputed.

The suspect Sergeant subsequently retired from the department before internal sanctions could be levied. He has not been criminally charged but the Attorney General’s Office is still reviewing the matter.Aside from the cash settlement, the department has also agreed to offer sexual harassment training to staff, and establish a secure place for nursing mothers inside the Sheriff’s Department.

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