fending off Leanne Siri, Helen Watts and others' long-simmering allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination within Dallas Fire-Rescue. But it didn't take long for City Hall to settle with two other women who stepped forward with their own lawsuit only last month.
No doubt you recall: Andrea reported on September 14 that Cheryl Hall and Sherrie Lopez filed a federal suit in which the two women claimed myriad incidents of harassment. Hall, for instance, said she found semen in her coffee cup at work and on a photo of her daughter on her desk; Lopez had her own horror stories about planted needles meant for pokin' and urine-soaked rugs and pay decreases following attempts to deal with those responsible.
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According to the addendum to the city council's Wednesday meeting agenda, the city has decided not to fight Hall and Lopez's suit. Instead, it's offering to spend no more than $225,000 to settle the suit using current funds. Council met to discuss the settlement behind closed doors last week. I've left a message for Brian Calhoun, the attorney who filed the suit, and will update accordingly.