Sexual Harassment lawsuit settled against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

A Los Angeles sexual harassment lawsuit has been settled after a parochial school employee said she was sexually harassed by the church pastor, FOX News reported.

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In October 2009, the woman sued the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and the accused Priest. The case was scheduled to go to trial on Monday but defense attorneys filed paperwork with Los Angeles Superior Court saying the case had been resolved. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The lawsuit alleged that the woman began working as a janitor and cook at the Epiphany Catholic Church school in 2007. She claimed the priest spanked her and hugged her in a sexual manner. When she complaint, her boss allegedly told her to endure the harassment and hopefully the priest would stop.

She was later placed on medical leave and, when cleared to return to work, the diocese reportedly refused to reinstate her.

Earlier this summer, the judge ruled in favor of the diocese attorneys, finding that the religious organization could not be sued under the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. However, the judge had permitted the lawsuit to go forward as a violation of civil rights.

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