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Arizona paid $2M to settle sexual harassment claims over past 10 years

Dec 21, 2017, 12:19 PM | Updated: 9:07 pm
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Capitol Museum)...
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Capitol Museum)
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Capitol Museum)

PHOENIX — Multiple Arizona agencies paid a total of nearly $2 million over the past decade to settle 24 sexual harassment claims, state documents showed.

The total spent on settlements was $1,992,830.36.

“We expect settlement decisions to be made judiciously,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said in a statement.

The agencies that used taxpayer money to settle the claims included the departments of corrections, transportation and economic securities, in addition to the superior court system and state universities.

The Department of Corrections paid more than $900,000 to settle five sexual harassment claims, the most of any agency by far.

The agriculture department was second on the list. It spent $400,000 to settle a single claim.

The Department of Health Services was third after paying more than $250,000 to settle two claims.

The full list of the settlement amounts is in the table below.

The governor’s office also released information on claims that were made after 2015. Those were still under investigation.

“Separate from a settlement, we have an expectation that any substantiated claim of harassment or improper workplace conduct be addressed expeditiously — whether it be training, disciplinary action, or ultimately termination,” Ducey’s office said.

It was unknown how many of the claims resulted in terminations or firings.

The governor’s office also said the settlements were not an admission of guilt.

On Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Administration said all 33,000 of the state’s employees would undergo a new sexual harassment training program that would begin next month.

“Every single employee will be exposed to this training once a year,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Alvarado-Thorson said.

“The new training component really is a good overview on the standards of conduct that’s expected.”

Agency Allegations Loss date Resolution Amount paid Date paid
Northern Arizona University Are/include sexual harassment 10/27/2001 Settled $11,932.93 1/4/2017
Dept. Economic Security Are/include sexual harassment 3/28/2004 Settled $10,000 2/21/2007
Superior Court Are/include sexual harassment 1/18/2005 Settled $50,000 3/23/2007
Arizona State University Are/include sexual harassment 1/18/2005 Settled $50,000 4/13/2007
Dept. Economic Security Are/include sexual harassment 8/16/2004 Settled $10,000 6/6/2007
Land Dept. Are/include sexual harassment 11/21/2005 Settled $18,000 7/17/2007
Dept. of Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 1/18/2005 Settled $30,000 2/15/2008
Dept. of Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 2/4/2009 Settled $460,801.20 3/23/2011
Arizona State University Are/include sexual harassment 8/31/2009 Settled $100,000 8/12/2011
Dept. Economic Security Are/include sexual harassment 5/25/2011 Settled $3,500 10/4/2011
Dept. of Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 12/17/2009 Settled $35,000 1/12/2012
Dept. of Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 11/5/2008 Settled $182,500 3/9/2012
Dept. of Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 7/1/2010 Settled $200,000 2/20/2013
Dept. of Administration Are/include sexual harassment 3/9/2007 Settled $42,500 8/12/2013
Superior Court Are/include sexual harassment 5/24/2011 Settled $30,000 8/14/2013
Dept. Health Services Are/include sexual harassment 3/28/2010 Settled $249,000 11/7/2013
Dept. Agriculture Are/include sexual harassment 9/1/2007 Settled $400,000 12/26/2013
Arizona State University Are/include sexual harassment 9/9/2011 Settled $44,000 3/27/2014
Medical Examiner’s Office Are/include sexual harassment 6/19/2014 Settled $7,500 8/6/2014
Dept. of Transportation Are/include sexual harassment 9/5/2013 Settled $13,000 8/25/2014
Dept. of Transportation Are/include sexual harassment 6/2/2014 Settled $10,000 10/14/2014
Dept. Health Services Are/include sexual harassment 10/21/2014 Settled $4,671.84 2/10/2015
Dept. Education Are/include sexual harassment 12/12/2011 Settled $30,000 1/11/2016
Dept. Juvenile Corrections Are/include sexual harassment 2/11/2011 Settled $424.39 8/4/2016

An earlier version of this story said Arizona had paid out nearly $2.1 million for 27 settlements. That number was reduced after state officials incorrectly attributed three settlements to sexual harassment claims.

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Arizona paid $2M to settle sexual harassment claims over past 10 years