Secretary who accused Diboll city manager of inappropriate comments to receive $185K

Secretary who accused Diboll city manager of inappropriate comments to receive $185K
Gerry Boren (Source: KTRE Staff)
Gerry Boren (Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As part of a settlement between the City of Diboll and a former secretary who filed a lawsuit that alleged the city manager made inappropriate remarks about sexual activity and African Americans, the woman will receive $185,000.

On Wednesday, East Texas News received a copy of the indemnity agreement Sarah Thompson, a former Diboll city secretary, filed in an Angelina County district court.
Last week, the Diboll City Council voted unanimously to approve the settlement agreement.

In a statement, a lawyer representing the city of Diboll in the matter said, "The city is happy to put this lawsuit behind us, so we can refocus or time and energy back into serving the community."

According to the agreement, Thompson alleged "discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation" as a result of her employment with the City of Diboll and her later "separation of employment."

The agreement states that the City of Diboll denies liability in the case but has offered to pay Thompson $185,000 "without prejudice."

"I understand that I will not receive any more money or thing of value or benefit from the City of Diboll, or any of their representative elected officials, officers, employees, representatives, or any of their insurers, including the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, as a result of my employment and/or separation from the City of Diboll."

The agreement states that the $185,000 settlement includes $35,000 for W-2 wage payment for past/future wage loss, $73,075 for non-economic damages, and $76,925 for attorneys' fees and expenses payable to Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins, and Wells, PLLC.

According to the agreement, the $185,000 settlement will be paid by three parties. They include the following:

  • Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool - $100,000
  • City of Diboll - $60,000
  • Gerry Boren - $25,000

Back in 2016, Gerry Boren, Diboll's city manager was placed on probation after allegations were made that he made inappropriate remarks about sexual activity and African Americans.

East Texas News requested and obtained a copy of the letter Scott Skelton, Thompson's attorney, wrote to Jimmy Cassels, Diboll's city attorney.
The letter states Boren subjected Thompson to "unwelcome behavior, unreasonable interference, and hostile work environment, as well as severe and pervasive conduct on the part of Mr. Gerry Boren."

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