Santa Fe Co pays more than $630,000 to end suits

November 28, 2011 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County has paid more than $630,000 to settle five lawsuits filed by former workers at its juvenile detention center.

The suits filed between 2004 and 2007 alleged problems ranging from sexual harassment to retaliation. Two more suits are pending, and one may be settled for $200,000.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) that the cases stem from when the detention center was run by a private firm. The county says it has cleaned up the mess.

The county retook control of the facility in 2004.

The county settled the suits without admitting wrongdoing.

The county’s bottom line isn’t affected by the payouts because of insurance policies, but County Attorney Stephen Ross said deductibles in the cases have cost the county Login to read more

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