Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Employee's Federal Lawsuit Says She Was Fired for Complaining of Sex Harassment by Madison County Board Member

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Employee's Federal Lawsuit Says She Was Fired for Complaining of Sex Harassment by Madison County Board Member

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MADISON COUNTY - A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday says a county board member pursued and sexually harassed a county employee, who was fired for complaining.

Kristen Poshard's sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, says that in May 2017, five months after after she was hired as chief deputy administrator for community development, board member Philip Chapman, of Highland, made sexual comments.

Chapman continued pursuing Poshard despite her rejection and complaints to officials including Kurt Prenzler, board chairman, the lawsuit says.

Chapman admitted he harassed Poshard, then claimed the relationship was consensual, the suit says. Prenzler and County Administrator Douglas Hulme discussed banning Chapman from county buildings, the suit says, but ultimately suspended and then fired Poshard, telling the media that she was under investigation and had concealed information from the public. …

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