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City Reaches Settlement in Discrimination Claim

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The city of Yakima has reached a settlement with a former Police Athletic League employee. Crystal Dodge filed a claim for damages against the city in 2005 alleging she was discriminated against.

The settlement is for 200-thousand-dollars, which is a far cry from the 4-million-dollars she was initially seeking. It all began in 2005 when crystal dodge was working for the Police Athletic League. At that time dodge alleged she was treated in a condescending and disrespectful manner by now retired police officer Ben Hittle.

An independent investigation last year found dodge's claims were in fact true.

A mediator was brought in to help them resolve the issue and avoid going to court.

"It was determined that given the facts and the evidence in the case the investigations that this needed to be settled and not look into an extensive protracted trial or defense. When the city does something wrong we need to step forward and take responsibility and act accordingly," said City Manager Dick Zais.

The proposed settlement is scheduled to be voted on by the city council at the June 10th meeting.
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