Former Mercer Island officials settles lawsuit

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SEATTLE (AP) — A former Mercer Island deputy city manager has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit with the Seattle suburb for $1 million.

The Seattle Times reports Londi Lindell had claimed she was a victim of sexual harassment and was fired in an act of retaliation.

She says she was fired in 2008 by City Manager Rich Conrad because she took issue with his handling of a disciplinary matter involving the husband of the city’s human resources director.

Under the settlement, Lindell’s employment records will say she resigned and the city will pay an executive search firm to help her find a new job. Conrad has also written a letter of reference saying she consistently received the highest possible performance ratings.

The settlement was negotiated by the city’s insurance company.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com